EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series  
Wednesday, December 04, 2002 Professor Peter Schröder
Depts. of Computer Science & 

Subdivision for Modeling and Simulation 

Abstract: 

Subdivision surfaces are now solidly established as a major modeling
primitive for freeform design. As it turns out they also have very
favorable qualities when it comes to solving 4th order PDEs such as the
thinshell equations. The latter describe the behavior of thin flexible
structures as they appear in all areas of engineering design. In this
way subdivision surfaces are highly suited for integrated engineering
design, removing the usual troubles associated with converting geometric
representations to a form more suitable for finite element analysis.


Biography:  
Peter Schröder is Professor of Computer Science and Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology where he began his academic career in 1995. Prior to Caltech and a short stint as postdoctoral research fellow at Interval Corporation (summer 1995) he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Carolina department of mathematics and a lecturer in the computer science department, where he worked with Prof. Björn Jawerth and Dr. Wim Sweldens. He received his PhD in computer science from Princeton University in 1994 for work on "Wavelet Methods for Illumination Computations." Prior to Princeton he was a member of the technical staff at Thinking Machines, where he worked on graphics algorithms for massively parallel computers. In 1990 he received an MS degree from MIT's Media Lab. He did his undergraduate work at the Technical University of Berlin in computer science and pure mathematics. He has also held an appointment as a visiting researcher with the German national computer science research lab (GMD) and its visualization group. 