Special Issue on Physics based Animation in IEEE Computer Graphics & Animations

Guest Editors: Jan Bender, Barbara Solenthaler, and Kenny Erleben.

This special issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications will provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the field of physically based animation to publish their latest work.

Have a look at the call for papers.


Teaser on new boundary conditions

This took 1/2 year to get from left image to right image. Nice we final got our boundary conditions on our moving mesh to work as we mathematically wanted them to work…

Numerical Methods for Linear Complementarity Problems in Physics-Based Animation

Sarah Niebe and Kenny Erleben

Our new book is out from January 2015. Have a look at it here. Get the supplementary code and have fun (Old google code project ).

Finite element modeling of the vocal folds with deformable interface tracking

Alba Granados, Jonas Brunskog, Marek Krzysztof Misztal, Vincent Visseq, and Kenny Erleben

Continuous and prolonged use of the speaking voice may lead to functional speech disorders that are not apparent for voice clinicians from high-speed imaging of the vocal folds’ vibration. However, it is hypothesized that time dependent tissue properties provide some insight into the injury process. To infer material parameters via an inverse optimization problem from recorded deformation, a self sustained theoretical model of the vocal folds is needed. With this purpose, a transversely isotropic three-dimensional nite element model is proposed and investigated. Special attention is paid to the collision and time integration schemes. Accuracy in the deformation process is introduced by means of a topology-adaptive method for deformable interface tracking, called the Deformable Simplicial Complex, which has been previously applied to immiscible uids. For computational reasons, aerodynamic driving forces are derived from Bernoulli’s principle.

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SCA 2014: Symposium on Computer Animation, Copenhagen 21st-23rd July

Conference chairs
Kenny Erleben, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Julien Pettré, Inria, France
Program chairs
Vladlen Koltun, Adobe Research, U.S.A.
Eftychios Sifakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Poster chair
Jack Wang, University of Hong Kong, China

The ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) is the premier forum for innovations in the software and technology of computer animation. The 13rd annual event unites researchers and practitioners working on all aspects of time-based phenomena. Our focused, intimate gathering, with single track program and emphasis on community interaction, makes SCA the best venue to exchange research results, get inspired, and set up collaborations. We invite submission of original, high-quality work in the form of technical papers and posters. All details can be found in the For Submitters section.

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Photon Differential Splatting for Rendering Caustics

Jeppe Revall Frisvad, Lars Schjøth, Kenny Erleben, and Jon Sporring

We present a photon splatting technique which reduces noise and blur in the rendering of caustics. Blurring of illumination edges is an inherent problem in photon splatting, as each photon is unaware of its neighbours when being splatted. This means that the splat size is usually based on heuristics rather than knowledge of the local flux density. We use photon differentials to determine the size and shape of the splats such that we achieve adaptive anisotropic flux density estimation in photon splatting. As compared to previous work that uses photon differentials, we present the first method where no photons or beams or differentials need to be stored in a map. We also present improvements in the theory of photon differentials, which give more accurate results and a faster implementation. Our technique has good potential for GPU acceleration, and we limit the number of parameters requiring user adjustment to an overall smoothing parameter and the number of photons to be traced.

Computer Graphics Forum early view

Moving Conforming Contact Manifolds and related Numerical Problems

Kenny Erleben

Talk at BIRS workshop on “Computational Contact Mechanics: Advances and Frontiers in Modeling Contact”

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Workshop link

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