Minchen Li 李旻辰

Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2018 - present
M.Sc., Computer Science, University of British Columbia, 2015 - 2018
B.Eng. (Hons), Computer Science and Technology, Zhejiang University, 2011 - 2015

I am a Ph.D. student at University of Pennsylvania advised by Prof. Chenfanfu Jiang. My research interests include computational optimization and numerical simulation, especially their application in physics-based animation and geometry processing.

My goal is to devise intelligent, reliable, accurate, efficient, and controllable methods that can benefit visual effects, animation, geometric design, and fabrication industry.

Recently I have been looking into domain decomposition for (un)constrained non-convex optimization (DOT, ...), algebraic multigrid preconditioning, topology optimization, operator splitting for visco-elasto-plasticity (Silly Rubber), subspace MPM, dynamic fracture simulation (CD-MPM), etc.

During my M.Sc., I worked with Prof. Alla Sheffer on garment modeling (FoldSketch), surface parameterization (OptCuts), mesh simplification, and shape deformation. I was also very lucky to work with Dr. Xinxin Zhang and Prof. Robert Bridson on fluids simulation, and to work as an intern at Adobe Research with Dr. Danny Kaufman, Dr. Vladimir (Vova) Kim, and Dr. Timothy Langlois.

Decomposed Optimization Time Integrator for Large-Step Elastodynamics

Minchen Li, Ming Gao, Timothy Langlois, Chenfanfu Jiang, Danny M. Kaufman

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2019  

Silly Rubber: An Implicit Material Point Method for Simulating Non-equilibrated Viscoelastic and Elastoplastic Solids

Yu Fang, Minchen Li, Ming Gao, Chenfanfu Jiang

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2019   code coming soon!

CD-MPM: Continuum Damage Material Point Methods for Dynamic Fracture Animation

Joshuah Wolper, Yu Fang, Minchen Li, Jiecong Lu, Ming Gao, Chenfanfu Jiang

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2019   code coming soon!

OptCuts: Joint Optimization of Surface Cuts and Parameterization

Minchen Li, Danny M. Kaufman, Vladimir G. Kim, Justin Solomon, Alla Sheffer

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia), 2018  

FoldSketch: Enriching Garments with Physically Reproducible Folds

Minchen Li, Alla Sheffer, Eitan Grinspun, Nicholas Vining

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2018  

Resolving Fluid Boundary Layers with Particle Strength Exchange and Weak Adaptivity

Xinxin Zhang, Minchen Li, Robert Bridson

ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH), 2016  

Prototyping Decomposed Cloud Software: A Case Study on 3D Skeletal Game Engine

Minchen Li, Wei Cai, Ke Wang, Hong Ji, Victor C.M. Leung

IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom), 2015  

MCG Test-bed: An Experimental Test-bed for Mobile Cloud Gaming

Wei Cai, Conghui Zhou, Minchen Li, Xiuhua Li, Victor C.M. Leung

ACM MobiSys Workshop on Mobile Gaming (MobiGames), 2015  

Research Assistant, SIG Lab, University of Pennsylvania

 • Sep. 2018 - Present
   Project: Physics-Based Animation
   Advisor: Prof. Chenfanfu Jiang

Research Intern, Creative Intelligence Lab, Adobe Research

 • May. 2019 - Aug. 2019
   Project: Physics-Based Animation
 • May. 2018 - Aug. 2018
   Project: Domain Decomposition
 • Sep. 2017 - Nov. 2017
   Project: Surface Parameterization

Research Assistant, Imager Lab, University of British Columbia

 • May. 2016 - Apr. 2018
   Project: Geometric Modeling
   Advisor: Prof. Alla Sheffer

Mitacs Globalink Research Intern, WiNMoS Lab, University of British Columbia

 • Jul. 2014 - Sep. 2014
   Project: Cloud-Based Gaming

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Zhejiang University

 • Nov. 2014 - May. 2015
   Project: Skeletal Animation
   Advisor: Prof. Jijun Li

Research Trainee, National Research and Innovation Training Program, China

 • Oct. 2013 - Apr. 2014
   Project: 3D Face Reconstruction
   Advisor: Prof. Kun Zhou

Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia

 • Jan. 2016 - Apr. 2016
   Instructor: Prof. Mark R. Greenstreet
 • Sep. 2015 - Dec. 2015
   Instructor: Dr. Mikhail Bessmeltsev

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Subspace Mesh Deformation

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Mesh Simplification

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Image Caption Generator

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Eulerian Liquid Simulation

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Air-Ground Image Matching

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Skeletal Animation

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Mesh Deformation

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3D Face Reconstruction

Work Address

3330 Walnut Street
Levine Hall
Philadelphia, PA, USA





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