rebecca lin


I'm Rebecca, a PhD student at MIT CSAIL advised by Erik Demaine.

My research interests lie in computational geometry, particularly its applications in art, design, and fabrication.

I earned my B.Sc. from UBC, during which I was fortunate to work with wonderful mentors Will Evans, Craig Kaplan, and Alla Sheffer. and intern and Microsoft (2019, 2020) and Cisco (2019).

If you'd like to chat about art, math, or their intersection, reach me at ryelin [at] mit [dot] edu.


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My research spans several areas, such as theoretical computer science, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, and mathematical art, with a unifying theme of geometry.

Graph Threading
(α-β) Erik D. Demaine, Yael Kirkpatrick, and Rebecca Lin
Learning Lens Blur Fields
Esther Y. H. Lin, Zhecheng Wang, Rebecca Lin, Daniel Miau, Florian Kainz, Jiawen Chen, Cecilia Zhang, David B. Lindell, Kiriakos N. Kutulakos
graphics and vision
Detecting Viewer-Perceived Intended Vector Sketch Connectivity
Jerry Yin*, Chenxi Liu*, Rebecca Lin, Nicholas Vining, Helge Rhodin, and Alla Sheffer
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH North America), 2022
graphics and vision
The Polygon Burning Problem
(α-β) William Evans and Rebecca Lin
WALCOM: Algorithms and Computation, 2022
theoretical computer science
Freeform Islamic Geometric Patterns
Rebecca Lin and Craig S. Kaplan
mathematical art


My current obsession is string: I am learning about string art, string figures, beadwork, threading as a mechanism for constructing deployable structures, friendship bracelets, etc. I also enjoy card-making and visual storytelling.

Here are some projects created by wonderful collaborators, which I've been lucky to witness or contribute to: Metallic Kusudama, Aphid Spirals, etc.


Updated September 2023