SMRT Reading Group

Wednesday 2:00PM, Room: ICCS202

This is the web page of the reading group SMRT (SensoriMotor Reading and Thinking).
To remember the acronym, think of Homer Simpson singing, "I am so smart, I am so smart, S-M-R-T."

The topic for the SMRT reading group is currently "Physically Based Animation". Each week someone presents a paper/tutorial, followed by discussion. The focus will be on simulation: How to derive animations for various materials relating to the human body. Ideally we will focus on more recent (ex. SIGGRAPH 2017) papers but there will be room for relevant, older papers. Textbook chapters are also welcome, so long as they are relevant and accessible to everyone.

If you want to be informed about upcoming papers, please subscribe to the mailing list by sending a message to, with the body "subscribe smrt-l". Or just click here.

A schedule of upcoming papers can be found below under the heading Upcoming Papers. Under the heading Finished Papers is a log of earlier topics. If you want more information, or to be added to the schedule, please contact Egor Larionov.

We will structure each session around answering the following questions:
What problem are the authors addressing?
How does it relate to simulation?
How does it work?
How does it compare to existing methods?
What are the benefits; what were the drawbacks?

Upcoming Papers

Nov 29, 2017.
Proximal Algorithms
Parikh, N., Boyd, S.
Foundations and Trends in Optimization 2014 (pp. 172-194) (Chapter 6),

Finished Papers

Nov 1, 2017.
Proximal Algorithms
Parikh, N., Boyd, S.
Foundations and Trends in Optimization 2014 (pp. 123-159) (Chapters 1,2,3 and 4),
Oct 11, 2017.
Flexible Simulation of Deformable Models Using Discontinuous Galerkin FEM
Kaufmann, P., Martin, S., Botsch, M., Gross, M.,
SCA 2008 (pp. 105-115),
[Paper, PhD Thesis, Video]
Sept 27, 2017.
Quasi-Newton Methods for Real-time Simulation of Hyperelastic Materials
Liu, T., Bouaziz, S., Kavan, L.,
SIGGRAPH 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 23:1-23:16),

Suggested Papers

Example-based damping design
Xu, H., Barbič, J.,
SIGGRAPH 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 53:1-53:14),
Accelerated Quadratic Proxy for Geometric Optimization
Kovalsky, S., Galun, M., Lipman, Y.,
SIGGRAPH 2016 (Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 134:1-134:11),
Botanical Materials Based on Biomechanics
Wang, B., Zhao, Y., Barbič, J.,
SIGGRAPH 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 135:1--135:13),
Data-Driven Physics for Human Soft-Tissue Animation
Kim, M., Pons-Moll, G., Pujades, S., Bang, S., Kim, J., Black, M.,
SIGGRAPH 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 4),
Anisotropic Elastoplasticity for Cloth, Knit and Hair Frictional Contact
Jiang, C., Gast, T., Teran, J.,
SIGGRAPH 2017 (Vol. 36, No. 4),
[Paper, YouTube]


Minutes from 2015