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Season 2011 Episode 10.20.11

Computer Models of Brilliant Engineering Professor Drive Animated Films and New Research

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Eitan Grinspun talks about using the basic rules of motion to animate Hollywood films _____ In September, Popular Science named Eitan Grinspun to its “Brilliant 10” list of top researchers in the U.S. Calling him a “computational contortionist,” the magazine lauded the associate professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering School for helping to create an entirely new field of geometry. Grinspun examines the basic rules of motion and turns them into computer programs that are animating Hollywood movies and creating new tools for graphic designers. The programs are also used for medical research and to study problems involving flexible strands, sheets, liquids and even icicles. They could have applications for the laying down of transoceanic communications cables, the design of nanoscale wiring for stretchable electronics, and even for faster, more compact bottling of shampoo. more:moreless

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