Bend Bickel is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), where he leads the Computer Graphics and Digital Fabrication group. Before this appointment, he was a Research Scientist at Disney Research Zurich and a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Berlin. He is a computer scientist interested in computer graphics and its overlap into animation, biomechanics, material science, and digital fabrication. His main objective is to push the boundaries of how digital content can be efficiently created, simulated, and reproduced.