Generalised Cylinders and Developmental Modelling
This project is currently being undertaken with Jon McCormack
and Ben Porter at Centre for Electronic Media Art,
Monash University. The goal of the work is
to procedurally generate complex geometry inspired by nature.
To this end I have developed a system, built with C++, lua and OpenGL, that uses parametric splines
to generate a variety of surfaces. Both parametric models and
L-systems are used to simulate biological development at an abstract level,
the result of which provides instructions to this system, resulting in
Automated Course Planner
This project is currently being undertaken in conjunction with fellow student Ben Harwood under
the supervision of Bernd Meyer. To goal is to automate the task of personalized course planning.
The project consists of a constraint programming backend written in prolog that is responsible for
the planning. This backend is integrated with a GUI written in Java.
Realtime Visualisation of SPH Data
Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is a numerical method for simulating fluid flows.
It is particularly efficient when a wide range of densities are present in the simulation.
Due to the fact that the method is mesh-free the data is particularly difficult to visualise.
The goal of the work was to allow SPH data to be visualised and manipulated in real time at high
resolution. Several approaches where investigated including custom OpenGL shaders and CUDA based
Black Hole Coalescence
This work was undertaken as a third year mathematics project. The goal of the research was to investigate
the behaviour of an accretion disc caught between two coalescing super massive black holes.
The system of two black holes and accretion disc was simulated using SPH and a simplification of general
relativity to allow energy loss via gravitational wave emission.
A 2D plotting library, giza, was developed as a replacement for
pgplot in Dr. Daniel Price's visualisation tool SPLASH. The main goals were to provide a variety of fonts, anti-aliasing,
portability across a variety of UNIX
systems, minimal dependencies and easy installation.
The library was written in C, using cairo, and provides an extensive Fortran interface.