Math and the Movies: Modern Scientific Computing Applications

Monday, March 27, 2023
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Allendale Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Dr. Joseph Teran

Join us for the annual Mosaic Lecture Series, which celebrates diversity in the mathematical sciences. This year, Dr. Joseph Teran, Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis, will discuss new applications of scientific computing for solid and fluid mechanics problems include simulation of virtual materials in movie visual effects and related fields. Surprisingly, visual realism for these applications requires physically accurate dynamics, particularly for materials like water, smoke, fire, and soft solids. New algorithms are required to achieve this. Professor Teran will speak about the simulation techniques required in these fields and will share some recent results, including real-time simulation, extreme deformation of elastic objects with contact, high-resolution incompressible flow, and clothing and hair dynamics. He will also discuss new algorithms used for simulating the dynamics of snow and water in Disney’s animated feature films “Frozen” and "Moana." 

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For more information regarding this event, please contact Dr. Rene Ardila at (616) 331-2041  or [email protected] 


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