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Differentiable Cloth Simulation for Inverse Problems
Junbang Liang · Ming Lin · Vladlen Koltun

Tue Dec 10 10:45 AM -- 12:45 PM (PST) @ East Exhibition Hall B + C #138

We propose a differentiable cloth simulator that can be embedded as a layer in deep neural networks. This approach provides an effective, robust framework for modeling cloth dynamics, self-collisions, and contacts. Due to the high dimensionality of the dynamical system in modeling cloth, traditional gradient computation for collision response can become impractical. To address this problem, we propose to compute the gradient directly using QR decomposition of a much smaller matrix. Experimental results indicate that our method can speed up backpropagation by two orders of magnitude. We demonstrate the presented approach on a number of inverse problems, including parameter estimation and motion control for cloth.

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Junbang Liang (University of Maryland, College Park)
Ming Lin (University of Maryland - College Park)

Ming C. Lin is currently the Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science at the University of Maryland College Park and John R. & Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor Emerita of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. She was also an Honorary Visiting Chair Professor at Tsinghua University in China and at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She obtained her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She received several honors and awards, including the NSF Young Faculty Career Award in 1995, Honda Research Initiation Award in 1997, UNC/IBM Junior Faculty Development Award in 1999, UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievements in 2003, Beverly W. Long Distinguished Professorship 2007-2010, UNC WOWS Scholar 2009-2011, IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award in 2010, and many best paper awards at international conferences. She is a Fellow of ACM, IEEE, and Eurographics.

Vladlen Koltun (Intel Labs)

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