Hungary (Fulbright S&T awardee 2011)
International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow Gergely Klár is a Ph.D. candidate at University of California, Los Angeles, working in UCLA’s Computer Graphics Lab. His research is on modeling the behavior of elastic and deformable materials. Such simulations have a wide range of applications. Deformable media is essential in virtual surgeries, animation, and computer games. The highest quality and most computationally demanding simulations are produced by employing the so-called finite element method. Gergely’s research focuses on enhancing the simulation efficiency and scope by the use of modern hardware, which permits the use of higher resolution models and allows for more realistic behavior while maintaining interactive performance rates.
A native of Hungary, Gergely graduated from Eötvös Loránd Science University. He received his combined M.Sc./B.Sc. degree in Computer Sciences. He became interested in physically based simulation during his scholarship to the University of Helsinki in Finland. His thesis focused on enhancing the performance of fluid simulations in graphics. After a brief internship in New Delhi, India, he started his doctorate studies at his alma mater. During his studies he gained sound knowledge on the simulation deformable media and taught several courses on computer graphics. One year prior arriving to California, he was promoted to Junior Assistant Professor and primary lecturer of computer graphics at his home university.
When not teaching or doing research, usually he could be found near Hungary’s largest lake, building a 13ft wooden sailboat with his wife.