Keynote Lecture: Scientific Computing in the Movies and Virtual Surgery

Joseph Teran
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

New applications of scientific computing for solid and fluid mechanics problems include simulation of virtual materials for movie special effects and virtual surgery. Both disciplines demand physically realistic dynamics for such materials as water, smoke, fire, and brittle and elastic objects. These demands are different than those traditionally encountered and new algorithms are required. Teran’s talk will address the simulation techniques needed in these fields and some recent results including: simulated surgical repair of biomechanical soft tissues, extreme deformation of elastic objects with contact, high resolution incompressible flow, clothing and hair dynamics. Also included is discussion of a new algorithm used for simulating the dynamics of snow in Disney’s animated feature film, “Frozen”.

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