Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series: Eitan Grinspun

  • Date: 10/31/2013
  • Time: 15:30
Eitan Grinspun, Columbia University

University of British Columbia


From Sorcery to Science: Hollywood Physics as Computational Science


Computer Graphics applications require mathematical models and simulation software that captures the qualitative, characteristic behavior of a physical system, even at very coarse discretizations. Our research group develops such numerical tools by using ideas from discrete differential geometry and discrete geometric mechanics. We build a discrete picture from the ground up, mimicking the axioms, structures, and symmetries of the smooth setting. The result is a discrete (hence immediately computable) model of the system, and in particular one that preserves conservation laws. Over time, we have been learning that these computations can be useful not just for filmmaking, but also for developing consumer products, medical research, and basic physical understanding.

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Location: DMP 110, 6245 Agronomy Rd.


The UBC Department of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series
brings leading researchers, from a variety of research areas, to UBC
enabling an exchange of ideas between the speakers, students, faculty
and the public on the latest advances in those areas. The seminars are
hosted by the Department of Computer Science and sponsored by PIMS.