Dr. Requicha's primary research interests are in Automation and Robotics, and encompass the design, implementation and theoretical underpinnings of CAD/CAM systems for mechanical products. With his students he is building novel software systems that exploit and integrate techniques from the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Geometry. A major goal is to develop Engineering Environments (analogous to Programming Environments), which are integrated suites of computational tools for the concurrent design of mechanical products and processes. Current research topics are centered on spatial reasoning, and include (1) modeling and reasoning about geometric uncertainty, (2) automatic planning of manufacturing and inspection tasks, (3) automatic design of fixtures, and (4) direct manipulation of molecular nano-structures.
He joined ISI/USC in June 1992 as Director of the High Performance Computing and Communications Division with a mandate that includes initiating work with a broad charter in manufacturing systems.