Fakultät Informatik

ERC Starting Grant - realFlow

In 2015, Nils Thuerey was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The grant with a total volume of almost 1.5 million euro is aimed at novel simulation and reconstruction algorithms for fluid flows.

The research project is titled “realFlow - Virtualization of Real Flows for Animation and Simulation" (StG-2015-637014). It's goal is to improve the simulation of physical processes and, above all, make it possible to generate such simulations more quickly. The focus here is on liquids and gases, so-called fluids.
Simulations of fluids can be very useful in many applications – for example in the design of aircraft wings and the depiction of explosions in films and computer games. Blood flow simulations in medicine can help in the assessment of the threat posed by aneurysms. We plan to create a database containing previously-calculated simulations and video recordings of the behavior of real fluids. This information would then be available for new simulations. The project involves, firstly, the development of machine learning algorithms that will enable the processing, comparison and classification of enormous volumes of data. Video recordings of the actual liquids or gases must also be analyzed and transformed into compatible data. Ideally, this will lead to interactive and stable simulations of complex physics effects.


 A full list with PDFs/videos can be found here.

* Dispersion Kernels for Water Wave Simulation  
Jose-Angel Canabal Delgado, David Miraut, Nils Thuerey, Theodore Kim, Javier Portilla, Miguel Otaduy
Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia) 35(4); ACM, 2016

* SMASH: Physics-guided Reconstruction of Collisions from Videos 
Aron Monszpart, Nils Thuerey, Niloy Mitra
Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia) 35(4); ACM, 2016

* Interpolations of Smoke and Liquid Simulations  
Nils Thuerey
Transactions on Graphics 36(1); ACM, 2016

* Example-based Plastic Deformation of Rigid Bodies 
Ben Jones, Nils Thuerey, Tamar Shinar, Adam Bargteil
Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH); ACM, 2016

* Narrow Band FLIP for Liquid Simulations 
Florian Ferstl, Ryoichi Ando, Chris Wojtan, Ruediger Westermann, Nils Thuerey
Eurographics'16; Eurographics Association, 2016

* A Stream Function Solver for Liquid Simulations
Ryoichi Ando, Nils Thuerey, and Chris Wojtan
Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH); ACM, 2015





- In collaboration with partners from industry, we have a number of thesis topics available in the area of point-based rendering, geo-localization using public data, scene fusion from different viewpoints. If you are interested, please contact  westermann(at)tum.de


- One PhD position on   Turbulence Visualization is available at the Computer Graphics & Visualization group.