I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. I founded and direct 3DL (threedle! ), a group of enthusiastic researchers passionate about 3D, machine learning, and visual computing. I obtained my Ph.D. in 2021 from Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Daniel Cohen-Or and Raja Giryes.


Focus Areas: Computer graphics, machine learning, computer vision

My research is focused on building artificial intelligence for 3D data, spanning the fields of computer graphicsmachine learning, and computer vision. Deep learning, the most popular form of artificial intelligence, has unlocked remarkable success on structured data (such as text, images, and video), and I am interested in harnessing the potential of these techniques to enable effective operation on unstructured 3D geometric data.

We have developed a convolutional neural network designed specifically for meshes, and also explored how to learn from the internal data within a single shape (for surface reconstructiongeometric texture synthesis, and point cloud consolidation) – and I am interested in broader applications related to these areas. Additional research directions that I am aiming to explore include: intertwining human and machine-based creativity to advance our capabilities in 3D shape modeling and animation; learning with less supervision, for example to extract patterns and relationships from large shape collections; and making 3D neural networks more “interpretable/explainable”.


AI & Machine Learning

Foundations and applications of computer algorithms making data-centric models, predictions, and decisions

Human Computer Interaction

Exploring the interfaces between people and technologies

Scientific & High Performance Computing

Scientific discovery at the frontiers of computational performance, intelligence, and scale

Visual Computing

Creating and analyzing data from the visual world, and visually understanding complex data

Labs & Groups


Rana Hanocka
A computer graphics collective at UChicago pursuing innovation at the intersection of 3D and Deep Learning.

Awards & Honors

Pazy Research Award
Rising Star in EECS

News & Events

UChicago CS News

Computer Science Displays Catch Attention at MSI’s Annual Robot Block Party

Apr 07, 2023
UChicago CS News

Asst. Prof. Rana Hanocka Receives NSF Grant to Develop New AI-Driven 3D Modeling Tools

Feb 28, 2023
UChicago CS News

UChicago Scientists Develop New Tool to Protect Artists from AI Mimicry

Feb 13, 2023
UChicago CS News

High School Students in College Prep Program Visit UChicago CS

Aug 23, 2022
In the News

WiGRAPH Features Asst. Prof. Rana Hanocka on Her Research and Career Path

May 11, 2022
UChicago CS News

New Assistant Professor Rana Hanocka Combines AI, 3D, and Computer Graphics

Feb 09, 2022
Past Event

Kfir Aberman (Google) – Learning the Structure of Motion

Oct 04, 2021
UChicago CS News

Trio of New UChicago CS Faculty Join for 2021-22 Academic Year

Sep 16, 2021
Past Event

Rana Hanocka (Tel Aviv University) – Artificial Intelligence for Geometry Processing

Mar 08, 2021
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