Daniel Coming - Computer Science & Engineering - University of ...

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Nov 14, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Daniel Coming


Department of Computer Science

University of Nevada, Reno



Professor Ken Joy

Computer Science Department

University of California, Davis




Dear Ken Joy,

I am

a computer science student of the University of Nevada, Reno, and I am
graduating in May 2002. I have taken courses in computer graphics, and my senior
project is a virtual reality simulator for training miners to evacuate mines under
emergency condition
s. Following graduation, I intend to pursue a M.S. and Ph.D. in
computer science at UC Davis. As we have previously discussed, I will focus my
graduate study on computer graphics and virtual reality.

Enclosed is a research sub
grant proposal for my inten
ded topic for my Master’s
Thesis and Ph.D. Dissertation: Interactive Cloth Modeling for Immersive Virtual Reality.
Please review my proposal and contact me with any questions you may have.


Daniel Coming



tive Cloth for Immersive Virtual Reality


Realistically modeling and interacting with flexible objects, like cloth, is a
computationally challenging problem in computer graphics. Recently, advances in
algorithms for modeling cloth and in compute
r graphics hardware have made it possible
to interact with cloth in real
time. One application of these real
time cloth algorithms is
for immersive virtual reality (VR). For example, a virtual person can be modeled with
realistic clothing, or a team of f
ashion designers can see their clothing designs in 3D and
see how they move when a person moves or when the wind blows.

Proposed Solution:

The proposed solution is a virtual reality simulation of cloth. The first program
will be a stand
alone simulation
, and pending its success, cloth will be integrated with
other existing VR simulations. Which VR simulations the cloth will be integrated with,
will be determined upon completion of the stand
alone simulation.


Two researchers, with guidanc
e from Professor Ken Joy, will complete this
project. Daniel Coming will direct this project, and one other researcher will assist him.


This project will require a workstation with strong graphical capabilities. This
workstation will be use
d for algorithm research, project research, project design, and
project testing. Once the stand
alone program is completed


Build Computer Workstation

3 weeks

Preliminary research

10 weeks

Evaluate algorithms found in research

3 weeks

esign cloth simulation program

6 weeks

Implement cloth simulation program

10 weeks

Test cloth simulation program

4 weeks

Publish results of cloth simulation program

2 weeks

Integrate cloth simulation into other VR programs

8 weeks

Test integrated cl
oth simulation

4 weeks

Publish results of integration

2 weeks


52 weeks



Computer Workstation

$ 4,000


Salary (one year, 2 researchers)


Other costs (university





xplanation of Budget:

The budget is broken down as follows: The computer workstation is intended for
use in researching, coding, and small
scale testing of an immersive VR simulator with
interactive cloth. Salary will be divided up between two researche
rs over the course of
one year of research. Other costs include a proprietary percentage that the university
requires from any research grant.

Evaluative Systems:

The measurement of success of the stand
alone project will be whether or not the
VR cloth

program can run in real
time with greater than 30 frames per second. The
measurement of success of integration with other simulations will be based on how much
the addition of cloth drops the frame rates of the simulations.

Expected Benefits:

This proj
ect will produce a virtual reality simulation with interactive cloth. Also,
this will integrate interactive cloth into one or more virtual reality simulations. This
project will produce research in VR cloth algorithms. In addition, research from this
oject will generate two papers for publication.


Interactive cloth is difficult to model for real
time virtual reality simulations. The
proposed project will generate such cloth in a form that can integrate with virtual reality
simulations. Thi
s cloth may then be used in a variety of applications, including fashion
design or clothing on animated actors for movies or games.