Mosaic Lecture Series - Scientific Computing in the Movies and Beyond INT 100/201 APPROVED!

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

Dr. Joseph Teran

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Teran

Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Davis.

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". The lecture will be accessible to students and suitable to a diverse interdisciplinary audience.

This event is INT 100/201 approved.

Location Information

Loutit Lecture Hall, Room 103

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Contact Information

Dr. Rene Ardila

Department of Mathematics

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Department of Mathematics


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