Dr. Tonya Custis

Dr. Tonya Custis has over 15 years of experience performing applied Artificial Intelligence research and leading AI research teams & projects at Autodesk, Thomson Reuters, eBay, and Honeywell. Tonya earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and an M.A. in Linguistics, all from the University of Minnesota. She also has a B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include Natural Language Processing & Understanding, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Geometric Deep Learning, Geometry Understanding, and Generative AI. In her current position as the Director of AI Research at Autodesk, she leads a team of research scientists carrying out foundational and applied algorithmic research in Artificial Intelligence in the context of the Manufacturing, AEC, and Media & Entertainment industries.



Designing AI for Designers

Dr. Tonya Custis (Director of AI Research at Autodesk) shares how she learned about management and strategy by playing both offense and defense as a roller derby skater. She will briefly touch on her team’s research papers, which focus on making designers’ jobs easier by using AI to reverse-engineer objects and assemblies into sketches and CAD models, as well as to generate the designs themselves.