SMRT Reading Group

Friday 1:30PM, Room: ICCSx530

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 2018) 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

March 22, 2019.
Fast and Deep Deformation Approximations
Stephen W. Bailey, Dave Otte, Paul Dilorenzo, James F. O'Brien
ACM TOG 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 4, 119:1-119:12)

Finished Papers

February 15, 2019.
Exponential Rosenbrock-Euler integrators for elstodynamic simulation
E. Chen, U. Ascher and D. Pai,
IEEE TVCG (2017)
February 8, 2019.
Finite Elements Theory, Fast Solvers, and Applications in Solid Mechanics (Chapter VI, Section 3, Locking)
Braess, D.,
Cambridge University Press (2007),
February 1, 2019.
Stable Constrained Dynamics
Maxime Tournier, Matthieu Nesme, Benjamin Gilles, François Faure
ACM TOG 2015 (Vol. 34, No. 4, 132:1--132:10)
October 3, 2018.
Finite Elements Theory, Fast Solvers, and Applications in Solid Mechanics (Chapter VI, Section 3)
Braess, D.,
Cambridge University Press (2007),
September 19, 2018.
Stabilizing Integrators for Real-Time Physics
Dinev, D., Liu, T., Kavan, L.,
ACM TOG 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 1, 9:1-9:9),
September 12, 2018.
Hyper-Reduced Projective Dynamics
Brandt, C., Eisemann, E., Hildebrandt, K.,
SIGGRAPH 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 4, 80:1-80:13)
September 5, 2018.
FEPR: Fast Energy Projection for Real-Time Simulation of Deformable Objects
Dinev, D., Liu, T., Li, J., Thomaszewski, B., Kavan, L.,
ACM TOG 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 4, 79:1-79:12),
August 29, 2018.
Stable Neo-Hookean Flesh Simulation
Smith, B., De Goes, F., Kim, T.,
ACM TOG 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 2, 12:1-12:15),
August 8, 2018.
A Spectral BSSRDF for Shading Human Skin
Donner, C., Jensen, H. W.,
Eurographics 2006 (Vol. 17, 409-417),
August 1, 2018.
A Material Point Method for Thin Shells with Frictional Contact
Guo, Q., Han, X., Fu, C., Gast, T., Tamstorf, R., Teran, J.,
SIGGRAPH 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 4, 147:1-147:15),
July 25, 2018.
Modeling and Estimation of Internal Friction in Cloth
Miguel, E., Tamstorf, R., Bradley, D., Schvartzman, S. C., Thomaszewski, B., Bickel, B., Matusik, W., Marschner, S., Otaduy, M. A.,
SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 (Vol. 32, No. 6, 212:1-212:10),
July 18, 2018.
A Hybrid Iterative Solver for Robustly Capturing Coulomb Friction in Hair Dynamics
Daviet, G., Bertails-Descoubes, F., Boissieux, L.,
SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 (Vol. 30, No. 6, 139:1-139:11),
July 11, 2018.
A Nonsmooth Newton Solver for Capturing Exact Coulomb Friction in Fiber Assemblies
Bertails-Descoubes, F., Cadoux, F., Daviet, G., Acary, V.,
SIGGRAPH 2011 (Vol. 30, No. 1, 6:1-6:14),
July 4, 2018.
An Implicit Frictional Contact Solver for Adaptive Cloth Simulation
Li, J., Daviet, G., Narain, R., Bertails-Descoubes, F., Overby, M., Brown, G., Boissieux, L.,
SIGGRAPH 2018 (Vol. 37, No. 4, 52:1-52:15),
Nov 29, 2017.
Proximal Algorithms
Parikh, N., Boyd, S.
Foundations and Trends in Optimization 2014 (pp. 172-194) (Chapter 6),
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