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The 2013 Math & Computer Science Department Award Ceremony

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Featuring Tim Chartier, Davidson College

What
  • Colloquium
  • Math/CS Club
When Thu, Apr 25, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:45 PM
Where Tegeler Auditorium
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The 2013 Case Lecture

Dr. Tim Chartier
Davidson College

Putting a Spring in Yoda's Step

When the character Yoda first appeared on the silver screen, his movements were due to the efforts of famed muppeteer Frank Oz. In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Yoda returned to the movies but this time the character was not a puppet but a digital image within a computer. This talk will discuss the role, or more aptly the force, of mathematics behind a few aspects of movie special effects. Armed with differential equations, animators can create a believable flow to Yoda’s robe or a convincing digital stunt person.

The presentation of awards will follow the talk at approximately 5:15.

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