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High-resolution smoke simulation generated using Theodore Kim's "wavelet turbulence" algorithm.

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High-resolution smoke simulation generated using Theodore Kim's "wavelet turbulence" algorithm.


Oscar Going to UCSB Prof for Special Effects Work

Theodore Kim’s Smoke and Fire Program Featured in Super 8 and Transformers


Monday, January 14, 2013
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Movies like Super 8 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, summer blockbusters with multiple action-packed sequences, also have another thing in common: UCSB Assistant Professor Theodore Kim, or rather, his Academy Award-winning work on a new computer algorithm that creates high-definition smoke and fire visuals.

Kim, who works in the university’s Media Arts and Technology department, will receive an Oscar for helping develop simulation coding called “wavelet turbulence.” The concept built off digital special-effects methods developed in the late 1990s, like the ones used to create fake cigarette smoke.

UCSB Assistant Professor Theodore Kim
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UCSB Assistant Professor Theodore Kim

In layman’s terms, “We developed a new technique that was developed into a software that other artists then used [for] large-scale–looking smoke,” said Kim.

Kim said he’s been interested in working in movie animation ever since he saw Pixar’s Toy Story as a child. His postdoctoral thesis at Cornell University was on ice simulation and how snowflakes form, and the paper included info on systems similar to the ones Hollywood is now recognizing him for.

Working with three other colleagues, Kim said the goal of their project wasn’t to win an Academy Award or make a bunch of money. Rather, they just wanted the credit and for their invention to be used by movie makes and video game creators. That’s why, Kim explained, the technique’s source code is available for free. Kim credits this ease of access for the code’s widespread dissemination and use, factors that often help academy members choose a candidate for such an award.

Since publication, the code has also been looked at by organizations like UCSB’s Physics Department, as well as the aerospace industry, which might use the technique to simulate air flow across aircraft to test wind design.

Is Kim excited to be attending the February 24 ceremony as an award winner? “Absolutely,” he said. “I never really thought I would be going to any form of Oscars.” He’ll be taking his wife, and his entire family will be in attendance, as well.

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Congratulations.
But I wonder if you have the courage and integrity to use your new fame and opportunity to make a statement of TRUTH to the world.
What difference does it make to win any award if your family and you are nothing but slaves by your choice? What good is credit given a slave if it's credit for anything less than emancipation?
Dare to publicly call for the long-overdue independent, fully funded and fully empowered 911 investigation.
UCSB Mafia is a treasonous unaccountable criminal organization sunken to the lowest depths of wicked iniquity and you're their shallow submissive servant so I'm not holding my breath in anticipation of you exhibiting any form of bravery but there's always the slim chance.
Perhaps your wife or children will confront you and ask why you prostitute yourself for coins and a cheap statue tossed your way by media-manipulating criminal thugs while ignoring that your UCSB Mafia employer participated in the coverup of the vicious preemptive murders of 3000 Americans on 9/11.
Look long at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself why you accept the deaths of 6666 American soldiers, so far, in Middle Eastern wars justified with lies that UCSB promotes?
You invite special contempt when you choose to ignore the increasingly desperate plight of the best Citizens of the United States.
You might have some bogus cultivated attitude about being above it within some bubble of elitist academia but you're IN it.
STOP being a traitor to TRUTH.
Demand an independent 911 investigation or duck out of sight like your fellow UCSB Mafia faculty reprobates.
UCSB mafia is a disgrace.
You're a disgrace!

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Shame on "WooWoo" for disabusing a scholar and a gentleman. Didn't you notice that his discovery is free. Please take your discontent elsewhere.

lmeoriole (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I didn't disabuse him although I was trying.
'Disabuse' means to liberate from deception and I'm trying to disabuse all UCSB faculty, staff and students from the deception that they possess any amount of honor and integrity while they tolerate the unaccountable criminal mafia misbehavior of UCSB. An Oscar does not provide amnesty for treason.

The fact that Ted Kim is giving his simulation program away for free is of zero relevance to my concerns that he has become an unwitting wretched disgrace due to his cooperation and complicity as an accessory to UCSB mafia criminals.

Ted Kim could help restore honor to UCSB and win the gratitude of most Americans by using his upcoming opportunity at the Academy microphone as leverage in organizing a UCSB strike demanding the long-overdue independent, fully funded and fully empowered 9/11 investigation, the absence of which preserves homicidal psychopathic criminals in positions of USA political power resulting in the tragic deaths of 6667 American military thusfar in wars based on lies.

I don't nurse some special grudge against Ted Kim above and beyond the intense dislike and disgust I have with all UCSB Mafia faculty, staff and students in general.

My contemplations of UCSB Mafia are very dark and I know they could never survive any form of attack by me as any inevitable post-attack investigation would reveal UCSB Mafia as unaccountable criminals thugs. If I chose to do so, I could capture command and control of the UCSB/IV peninsula for long enough to raze it and negotiate hostages in exchange for an independent 9/11 investigation. Please be assured, however, that although I have well developed and organized ideas on the subject, I have no plans to realize them. My desire is for UCSB faculty, staff and students to righteously win the independent 9/11 investigation using preferable non-violent methods.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've graciously presented workable WIN-WIN alternatives to UCSB Mafia through SB Independent channels that liberate them from the eternal legal abuse I most certainly will exercise against them with my effective and improving writing.

My effective counter propaganda campaign against UCSB Mafia has already torpedoed several UCSB sponsored symposiums, meetings, summits, lectures, visits by entertainers and its international reputation has been greatly sullied by me. Many have reconsidered the desirability of any affiliation with UCSB Mafia and faculty have fled, staff have quit and students have disenrolled. Unfortunately but understandably, most departed without mentioning me.

My proposal still stands but, due to the contemptible UCSB Mafia delay, I'm upping the dollar amount I expect them to compensate me for criminally sabotaging, defaming and attempting to murder me.

Like I suggested before, I would cease my propaganda campaign against UCSB mafia and relieve them of burdensome me and any expectation of a strike for 9/11 TRUTH as I have masterminded superior methods for achieving that goal.

But first, I would like UCSB to compensate me for their attempted murder with $40 million. I realize the amount is double what I described earlier but I need more to fund a second engineering project that I've long coveted.

As described earlier, $20 million of the money will fund the organization of people and equipment to design and duplicate the first automated RTSC prospectors. (RTSC=Room Temperature Super Conductor)
Bednorz and Müller, as great Materials Scientists, reached into infinity to pluck out a high-transition temperature superconductor but I, as a Materials Engineer, can only reasonably hope to identify RTSCs using engineering methods via automated high speed prospectors.

The second $20 million will go toward funding the feasibility study that tunable generated air plasmas can actively provide sufficient lift for use in advanced dirigible designs. I also suspect plasma pumps can be used for acceleration and that plasma shielded dirigibles could achieve orbital velocities within the etheral atmosphere of high altitudes.

(Of possible interest, I soberly divined the RTSC and plama ideas while employed with UC at Los Alamos National Lab but I judged my New California idea, envisioned under the influence of copious THC while living in Golden, Colorado, was more important to pursue and now nothing is more important than the idea of an independent 9/11 investigation.)

Ideally, things come together at the same time. Ted Kim triggers the strike for 9/11 TRUTH without violence and UCSB Mafia coughs up the dough so I can simultaneously start work on RTSC prospectors, plasma dirigibles and the new ocean territories. UCSB wouldn't get destroyed and I wouldn't again go to jail or be shot between the eyes by unaccountable UCSB Mafia police.

But, don't forget, alternatives idle.
I wait like a patient hungry wolf.
Choose WIN-WIN.

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Dr. Kim,

Please respond if you're interested in me composing your Oscar acceptance speech to the Academy.

Sincerely,

Neil Baker

WooWoo (anonymous profile)
January 16, 2013 at 3:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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