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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Liquid animations so realistic you can almost taste them

Christopher Batty and Jade Marcoux-Ouellet watching a computer animation of honey coiling

Anyone who’s poured honey onto a stack of pancakes likely has been intrigued by the golden liquid’s motion as it oozes, buckles and coils like a rope. This behaviour is caused by the high viscosity of honey, a physical property of gooey liquids that makes them resistant to deformation.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Computer science researchers help answer an age-old medical science question

photo of Dr. Baranoski and Spencer van Leeuwen

Why do our veins look blue when blood is red? This is a seemingly elementary science trivia question, and certainly not one that computer science researchers would be expected to be interested in.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Professor Christopher Batty: A computer scientist who makes incredibly satisfying computer animations

Physics-based animation can be used to test the strength of bridges and to make realistic animated films that blow your mind.

An article by Mirjam Guesgen excerpted from Motherboard, a multi-platform multimedia publication.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Daniel Vogel wins 2018 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award

Computer Science Professor Daniel Vogel has received a 2018 Faculty of Mathematics Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award. The $2,500 award, which is conferred to early or mid-career faculty members who have made outstanding research contributions, was established in 2017 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Mathematics. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Perfectly sharp photo now a reality: Improved image selection for focus stacking in digital photography

When you look at a scenic mountain photo typically everything in the distance is in sharp focus. But this scene might be even more captivating if something striking were in the foreground, perhaps a field of wild flowers in peak bloom. The problem is if the flowers are close to the lens relative to the mountains it’s impossible for all elements in the photo to be in perfect focus — if the flowers are sharp, the distant mountains will be blurry and vice versa.

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