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10:00 AM

SIG Seminar: “A History of Crowd Simulation and Rendering at Pixar”

October 9 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This talk will cover how Pixar's crowds pipeline evolved from "A Bug's Life" to "Onward", and how the studio's artists and engineers refined and re-invented their tools over the years to create memorable animated crowd scenes.  We'll cover the progression from finite state machine control, to agent based crowd simulation, to sketch based workflows, using […]

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2:00 PM

PICS Seminar: “Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics”

October 9 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Zoom – Email CIS for link, cherylh@cis.upenn.edu

Abstract: Thermodynamics provides a robust conceptual framework and set of laws that govern the exchange of energy and matter. Although these laws were originally articulated for macroscopic objects, nanoscale systems also exhibit “thermodynamic-like” behavior – for instance, biomolecular motors convert chemical fuel into mechanical work, and single molecules exhibit hysteresis when manipulated using optical tweezers. To […]

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