Dr. Cyril Picard

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (DeCoDE lab, Prof. Faez Ahmed) and a recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc.mobility fellowship. I work on bridging machine learning and optimization to support efficient and accessible engineering design. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher at ETH Zürich (EDAC, Prof. Kristina Shea) , where I was responsible for the redesign of the course Engineering Design and Material Selection. I earned my PhD from EPFL in Lausanne where I worked with Prof. Jürg Schiffmann on a design automation tool for the rapid development of electro-mechanical actuators.

Research Interests

My research interest is to move computational design methods from the labs into the real world, by leveraging the learning capabilities of modern artificial intelligence to develop efficient, widely applicable, and easy-to-use methods and tools. The goal is to enable anyone to benefit from the power of machines to obtain customized designs fitting their unique needs, especially for sustainable energy systems.

Machine Learning for Design


Design Optimization


Constrained Multi-Objective Optimization


Engineering Education