Colloquium Details

Physics-based Animation Sound: Progress and Challenges

Speaker: Doug James, Cornell University

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: February 7, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

Host: Michael Overton


Decades of advances in computer graphics have made it possible to convincingly animate a wide range of physical phenomena, such as fracturing solids and splashing water. Unfortunately, our visual simulations are essentially "silent movies" with sound added as an afterthought. In this talk, I will describe recent progress on physics-based sound synthesis algorithms that can help simulate rich multi-sensory experiences where graphics, motion, and sound are synchronized and highly engaging. I will describe work on specific sound phenomena, and highlight the important roles played by precomputation techniques, and reduced-order models for vibration, radiation, and collision processing.

Speaker Bio:

Doug L. James is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He holds three degrees in applied mathematics, including a Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of British Columbia. In 2002 he joined the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University as an Assistant Professor, then in 2006 he became an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests include computer graphics, computer sound, physically based animation, and reduced-order physics models. Doug is a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and a fellow of both the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He recently received a Technical Achievement Award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for "Wavelet Turbulence," and the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize from Carnegie Mellon University and Tokyo University of Technology.


Refreshments will be offered starting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the talk.

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