Tracking, Correcting and Absorbing Water Surface Waves

A selection of the results generated by the algorithms presented in this thesis.
A selection of the results generated by the algorithms presented in this thesis.



IST Austria (PhD thesis)


Computer graphics is an extremely exciting field for two reasons. On the one hand, there is a healthy injection of pragmatism coming from the visual effects industry that want robust algorithms that work so they can produce results at an increasingly frantic pace. On the other hand, they must always try to push the envelope and achieve the impossible to wow their audiences in the next blockbuster, which means that the industry has not succumb to conservatism, and there is plenty of room to try out new and crazy ideas if there is a chance that it will pan into something useful.

Water simulation has been in visual effects for decades, however it still remains extremely challenging because of its high computational cost and difficult art-directability. The work in this thesis tries to address some of these difficulties. Specifically, we make the following three novel contributions to the state-of-the-art in water simulation for visual effects.


This thesis was awarded with one of three Best Thesis Awards at Eurographics 2017 for its

[…] strong technical contributions to water simulation techniques for visual effects particularly in topology adaptation, tracking of free fluid surfaces, and handling spatially and time-varying boundary flows.


author = {Morten Bojsen-Hansen},
title = {Tracking, Correcting and Absorbing Water Surface Waves},
school = {IST Austria},
year = {2016},
month = {9}