Yiying Tong Selected for NSF CAREER Award

March 31, 2010

Yiying Tong, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received an NSF CAREER award for his project "Theory and Practice of Space-Time Variational Integrators for Simulation and Animation."

The primary goal of this research project is to develop novel numerical simulation methods offering a wide range of applications, from the simulation of smoke and fire interacting with moving objects, to the evolution of virus surfaces immersed in fluids. Current numerical techniques for simulation rarely capture the geometric principles that have been shown in mathematics and physics to be fundamental to proper dynamical behavior. To develop simulation algorithms that numerically respect both temporal and spatial structures of complex systems, a major part of this research requires the development of a novel framework to combine Lagrangian and Eulerian methods, two common (but rarely combined) representations of motion. Key applications include thin-shell simulation, collision handling, and fluid-structure interaction.

Tong earned his PhD from the University of Southern California in 2004; his MS from Zhejiang University, China, in 2000; and his BS from Zhejiang University, China, in 1997. Prior to joining MSU, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech.

View Tong’s NSF award abstract at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0953096.

During the past year, six faculty in the college have received NSF CAREER awards.