Zeki Melek

Contact Info


Department of Computer Science
Office: HRBB 525
Phone: 862-1792
Email: melekzek at neo tamu edu
Website: I will make a more interesting homepage than this one, seriously


Research Interests

  • Physically based simulation
    • Simulation of fire, burning and decomposition

      Fire, burning and everything related is part of this research. We build a simple physically based flame model by simulating the combustion process via coarse resolution fluid simulation at interactive rates. The heat generated by the combustion process is used to drive air currents. Solids within the computational domain catch fire and start burning, simulating the pyrolysis process. We model decomposition of burning solids by using level set methods. Burning pieces are simulated as rigid bodies. All this is combined into one single integrated simulation. Our current work includes incorporation of internal stress calculations.


    • Controlling Fluid Simulations

      Related to previous bullet, we are also working on using the interactive fire simulation framework to "preview" the burning process and provide tools for the user/artist to control/choreograph the simulation. Later, a high resolution, finescale detail simulation is controlled using recorded user input and data collected from the preview to generate high quality results matching the preview sequence. The method we propose is simple to implement and could be applied in other applications easily.


    • Related Publications


    • Fluid Simulations

      Our implementation of "Stable Fluids" based fluid dynamic solver is used in various related research, including cloud simulation.


    • Related Publications

        Short Papers
      • Overby, D., Melek, Z., Keyser, J.
        Interactive Physically-based Cloud Simulation
        Proceedings of 10th Pacific Conference on Computer Graphics and Applications, 2002, pp. 469-470.
        [PDF] [Bibtex]

        Tech Reports
      • Overby, D., Melek, Z., Keyser, J.
        Interactive Physically-based Cloud Simulation
        Technical Report 2002-7-2, Texas A&M Department of Computer Science, 2002.
        [PDF] [Bibtex]

  • Scientific Visualization

    I contribute to Brain Networks Laboratory, working mostly on visualization of neuronal threads.


    Related Publications

      Journal Papers
    • Melek, Z., Mayerich, D., Yuksel, C., Keyser, J.
      Visualization of Fibrous and Thread-like Data.
      IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 12(5) 2006, pp. 1165-1172.
      [PDF] [Bibtex]



  • Meshes, Visualization, Animation, etc

    Related Publications


      Journal Papers
    • Akleman, E., Melek, Z., Haberl, J.S.
      Function-based flow modeling and animation
      Journal of Visualization and Computer Animation , 12(4) 2001, pp. 181-189.
      [PDF] [Bibtex]

      Conference Papers
    • Akleman, E., Srinivasan, V., Melek, Z., Edmundson, P.
      Semiregular Pentagonal Subdivisions
      Shape Modeling International, 2004, pp. 110-118.
      [PDF] [Bibtex]

  • Facial Animation

    Related Publications

      Thesis
    • Melek, Z.
      Automated lip Synchronized speech driven facial animation
      MS Thesis, Bogazici University, Computer Engineering Department, 2000.
      [PDF] [Bibtex]

      Conference Papers
    • Melek, Z., Akarun, L.
      Automated Lip Synchronized Speech Driven Facial Animation
      IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (II) 2000, pp. 623-626.
      [PDF] [Bibtex]
    • Melek, Z., Akarun, L.
      Automated LipSynchronized Facial Animation
      Confluence of Computer Vision and Computer Graphics ARW 1999.
      [PDF]



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