In the last month, LEDAS was happy about two events related to academic domain.
One of our young specialists and effective managers, Egor Ermolin (29) got his PhD in mathematics. His thesis is named "Collision Detection and Resolution on Polygonal Models". Note that the methods and algorithms considered in Egor's work take into account relevant laws of physics - the feature which positively distinguishes them from the methods today used in computer games and makes them especially valuable in digital prototyping within CAD domain. It's worth mentioning that Egor has had a choice: to get his PhD either in computer science or in mathematical modeling. Unfortunately, in Russia (don't know how about in other countries) to get a PhD in math is traditionally more difficult than in computer science. In particular, because pure mathematicians (who vote for the approval of PhD) are often suspicious against people who came from industrial software development. However Egor has chosen a more difficult way and has won.
From 16 to 20 May, i.e. in parallel with COFES 2011, Novosibirsk University, together with some institutes of the Novosibirsk Research Center and other respectable organizations, has held the 49th (!) International Scientific Student Conference called “Students and Innovation Process”. Ivan Sysoev (23) from LEDAS was awarded by the 1st Prize for his work "A System for Editing 3D-geometry Based on Geometrical Constraint Solver”. Ivan is an active member of the RhinoWorks team, his important contribution is about creating some key algorithms of automatic recognition and maintenance of design intent of a history-free 3D-model .
Note that previous generations of the LEDAS people also actively took part in the above mentioned conference, including Dmitry Ushakov, today the LEDAS CEO and scientific adviser of Egor and Ivan.
The strength of LEDAS is probably it its permanent ability to attract young talented people and effectively include them into creative activities that favor the progress of individuals and the whole team.
I believe that if a company wants to have clear competitive advantages in the market of science-intensive software development, or simplier - in the market of solving very hard software-related problems, then it must possess a strong and broad scientific competence in relevant domains. When we speak about CAD/PLM, this seems to me absolutely obvious. Later, I want to discuss this topic in more details.