About me

TL;DR (one-page resume)

I am expecting to receive my PhD in Computational Applied Mathematics at University of California – Los Angeles in Summer 2020. My interests are in physics-based simulations and their applications in computer graphics; my major focus is Material Point Method and its improvements. I am also interested in partial differential equations, especially the ones involving optimization problems (e.g. optimal transport). My advisor is Prof. Joseph Teran. In Summer 2019, I worked at the Snow and Avalanche Simulation Laboratory of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne with Prof. Johan Gaume on simulations of snow and tire interaction.

Community Service
I was the chief organizer of Women in Math at UCLA and created the Women In Math Mentorship Program. I am currently serving as the president of the Math Grad Student Organization and representing in the Math and Physical Sciences Council.

Personal
I was introduced to rock climbing in early 2017 and it had become my major hobby. See Gallery.

Publications

baking

A thermomechanical material point method for baking and cooking

M. Ding, X. Han, S. Wang, T. Gast, J. Teran
ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH Asia 2019)
Paper (pdf) Video (YouTube)

Role Detection in Bicycle-Sharing Networks Using Multilayer Stochastic Block Models

J. Carlen, J. Pont, C. Mentus, S. Chang, S. Wang, M. Porter
Paper (arXiv)

fracture

Simulation and Visualization of Ductile Fracture with the Material Point Method

S. Wang, M. Ding, T. Gast, L. Zhu, S. Gagniere, C. Jiang, J. Teran
ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (Best Paper Awardee) (PACM-CGIT), 2019
Paper (pdf) Video (YouTube)

hybrid

Hybrid Material Point Method for Frictional Contact with Diverse Materials

X. Han, T. Gast, Q. Guo, S. Wang, C. Jiang, J. Teran
ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation (PACM-CGIT), 2019
Paper (pdf) Video (YouTube)

Invited Talks

Simulation and Visualization of Ductile Fracture with the Material Point Method
August 28th, 2019, ETH Zurich
September 9th, 2019, Inria Grenoble
Slides (pdf)