2023 Mosaic Lecture Series
Celebrating Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences
Math and the Movies: Modern Scientific Computing Applications
Monday, March 27, 2023, 7:00 pm, LTT 103 - Lecture Hall
The speaker will be available to meet with interested students and faculty on Monday, March 27 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at MAK A-2-160: Peer Collaboration Space (PCS) of the Mathematics Department
Dr. Joseph Teran
Professor of Mathematics
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.
Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, the Frederik Meijer Honors College and Laker Familia.