Theodore Kim, B.S., Cornell University, M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Joined Yale Faculty 2019.

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Associate Professor of Computer Science
AKW 412, 51 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Prof. Kim researches topics in physics-based simulation, including fire, water, and humans. His work has appeared in over two dozen movies, and received a 2012 SciTech Oscar. Many of the results can be seen on YouTube, and extensive source code is available on this page. Previously, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Pixar Research, where he received screen credits in Cars 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4. His first (uncredited) work appeared on-screen on the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

He received a BS in Computer Science in 2001 from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2006 under the supervision of Ming Lin. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in 2007, and a Post-Doctoral Associate at Cornell University from 2008-2009 under the supervision of Doug James. From 2011-2015, He was a faculty member at UCSB in the Media Arts and Technology Program and the Department of Computer Science. While there, I received the UCSB Harold J. Plous Award (Junior Faculty of the Year). From 2009-2011, he was an Assistant Professor in CS at the University of Saskatchewan. He interned for Rhythm and Hues Studios in 2000 and 2001.

Representative Publications:

  • Analytic eigensystems for isotropic distortion energies. Breannan Smith, Fernando de Goes, and T. Kim. ACM Transactions on Graphics, February 2019.
  • Stable neo-hookean flesh simulation. Breannan Smith, Fernando de Goes, and T. Kim. ACM Transactions on Graphics, March 2018.
  • Quaternion julia set shape optimization. T. Kim. Symposium on Geometry Processing (SGP) 2015.
  • Wavelet turbulence for fluid simulation. T. Kim, Nils Thürey, Doug James, and Markus Gross. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH) 2008.
  • Optimizing cubature for efficient integration of subspace deformations. Steven An, T. Kim, and Doug James. ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia) 2008.
  • Modeling ice dynamics as a thin film stefan problem. T. Kim, David Adalsteinsson, Ming Lin. Symposium on Computer Animation (SCA) 2006.