2018 Bellairs Workshop on Computer Animation:
Simulation and learning from the living world


Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2018

Arrival: Friday Feb 9
Departure: Friday Feb 16


Bellairs Research Institute


select photos by Sylvain Paris



This year's annual Bellairs Workshop on Computer Animation will provide an opportunity to focus on physics-based simulation and learning from the living world. Physics based simulation is pervasive in computer animation because it creates the natural motion necessary for realistic training simulations, movies, games, and other interactive applications. Closing the reality gap is an interesting challenge. The ability to create models and simulations that follow captured shapes and motion is useful for design, control, and many other applications. This workshop will explore recent progress and new ideas in this area and related topics. Given that physics-based simulation spans a wide range of disciplines, the goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different communities in order to cross-fertilize ideas, discuss ongoing challenges and identify opportunities for collaboration. The topics of discussion may include (depending on the interests of the participants) elastic deformation, contact mechanics, approximate and adaptive dynamics, abstract simulation models, physics-based design, control, and numerical methods.

The workshop will consist of a variety of activities, including plenary presentations, informal talks, discussions, and a session for interactive demos. The workshop is co-located with the INRIA-McGill-UVic workshop on computational geometry.

General Information

The workshop will take place at McGill University's Bellairs Research Institute and will be held Friday 9 February to Friday 16 February. Participants should plan to arrive at the Bridgetown airport in the afternoon on Friday. Shared taxi service (approximately 35 USD one way) will be organized via a Google spreadsheet. Note that when you are in Barbados, prices are always quoted in Barbados dollars, but you can always pay with US dollars as there is a fixed 2 Barbados to 1 USD exchange rate. The collocated computational geometry workshop has an excellent page listing other practical information.

The Bellairs facilities are relatively primitive (and inexpensive). Accommodation is very basic with double (or triple) occupancy rooms and in most cases shared bathrooms. It all feels more like a cottage rather than hotel, so there are few distractions such as those typically found in hotels. With some meals included according to scheduling constraints, food and accommodation costs between 70 and 85 USD per day. Reservations must be made through the workshop organizers. Due to space limitations, participation at the workshop is by invitation only.

Participants and Schedule
Friday    Arrivals

Saturday  Sylvain Lefebvre, INRIA Nancy (cross workshop presentation)  
          Open problems discussion    
          Bernhard Thomaszewski, University of Montreal 
          Alec Jacobson, University of Toronto
Sunday    Ladislav Kavan, University of Utah  
          Melina Skouras, INRIA Rhone-Alpes
          David Levin, University of Toronto
          Daniele Panozo, NYU (guest presentation) 

Monday    Camille Schreck, IST Austria
          Masha Shugrina, University of Toronto
          Ryan Goldade, University of Waterloo
          Christopher Batty, University of Waterloo 

Tuesday   Sheldon Andrews, Ecole de technologie superieure
          Miles Macklin, NVIDIA 
          Kenny Erleben, University of Copenhagen
          Etienne Vouga, University of Texis Austin
Wednesday Island Tour 
Thursday  Chris Wojtan, IST Austria  
          Paul Kry, McGill University
          Jonas Martinez, INRIA Nancy (guest presentation)
          Marc Alexa, TU Berlin (guest presentation)
Friday    Departures  
Previous Bellairs Workshops on Computer Animation