Erik Demaine

Professor  •  Computer Scientist  •  Mathematician  •  Artist  •  MIT  •  EECS  •  CSAIL  •  TOC  •  Algorithms
Upcoming Events:   Exhibitions, Film Showings, Talks

frame from lecture video


Above: 6.849: Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra, which has freely available video lectures.

Five book covers

Papers & Books

Above: Books Geometric Folding Algorithms, Games, Puzzles, & Computation, Tribute to a Mathemagician, and A Lifetime of Puzzles.

Curved-crease sculpture

Curved-Crease Sculpture

Above: Close-up of “Destructors IV” by Erik and Martin Demaine, folding printed text along curved creases.

Curved-crease sculpture

Curved-Crease Sculpture

Above: A large “Curved Crease Sculpture” by Erik and Martin Demaine, on display at Guided By Invoices in Chelsea, New York.

Three curved-crease sculptures

Curved-Crease Sculpture

Above: “Computational Origami” by Erik and Martin Demaine, part of the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.

frame of Lino Tagliapetra blowing glass

Film & Video

Above: “Lino Tagliapietra: Glass Magician”, a 13-minute film co-directed by Erik and Martin Demaine. Now streaming free in the USA!

the word 'font' written in three mathematical fonts

Mathematical Fonts/Typefaces

Above: “FONT” written in our linkage font, glass squishing font, and conveyer belt font.

image of Yes/No print


Above: “Yes/No” (2011), an inked crease pattern that folds simultaneously into a 3D “YES” and a 2D “NO”.

Between The Folds poster art

Media Appearances

Above: Between The Folds, one of two documentaries Erik appears in.

Paper-folding puzzle


Above: CSAIL Semi-Annual Meeting Spring 2010 Puzzle, a folding puzzle you can print and try.

Screen shot of Virtual Glass software


Above: Virtual Glass enables computer-aided design of blown glass, specifically glass cane.

Crease pattern to make a butterfly

Fold & Cut

Above: Butterfly made by folding and one complete straight cut.

Excerpt from CV

Curriculum Vitæ

Last updated June 9, 2024.

See also artist CV, last updated on April 25, 2024.

About Erik


[Erik Demaine with sculpture in 2015]
[photo by Martin Demaine]
[Erik Demaine in 2007]
[photo by Donna Coveney]
[Erik Demaine teaching on Halloween, 2007]
[photo by Martin Demaine]
[Erik Demaine blowing glass in Otaru, Japan, 2007]
[photo by Stefan Langerman]
Name: Erik D. Demaine
Public key: PGP
Work number: (+1) 617-253-6871
Fax number: (+1) 617-258-8682
MIT office: 32-G680 (near Kendall/MIT Station on the Boston Subway (MBTA) red line)
Assistant: Pepe Abola (32-G568, 617-253-3037, )
Mailing address: Erik Demaine
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
32 Vassar Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Last updated January 23, 2024 by Erik Demaine.Accessibility