Oct. 8, 2019-I started updating this section again :)
Oct. 8, 2019-New paper on generating cut cells will be at SIGGRAPH Asia !
May 25, 2018-We've had three papers accepted to SIGGRAPH 2018.

Latest Publication

Ty Trusty, Honglin Chen, David I.W. Levin

The Shape Matching Element Method: Direct Animation of Curved Surface Models


About Me

I love numerical simulation! My main research interest is in using new simulation techniques to allow artists, engineers and scientists to study and create -- everything from animations to machines. Currently I pursue this goal as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. I've also spent time as an Associate Research Scientist at Disney Research and a postdoc with Prof. Wojciech Matusik at MIT. Before my tenure in Boston, MA I studied Sensorimotor computation under Dinesh K. Pai at the University of British Columbia and spent 3-months at WETA Digital working on biomechanics based simulation. When not stuck in front of a computer I enjoy skiing, boardgames, crossfit, and am slowly learning to play the ukelele (emphasis on learning and slowly ...).

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Papers (Click on title for Paper/Code/Video when available)

Ty Trusty, Honglin Chen, David I.W. Levin

The Shape Matching Element Method: Direct Animation of Curved Surface Models


Vismay Modi, Lawson Fulton, Shinjiro Sueda, Alec Jacobson, David I.W. Levin

EMU: Efficient Muscle Simulation in Deformation Space

Computer Graphics Forum 2020

Jiayi Eris Zhang, Seungbae Bang, David I.W. Levin, Alec Jacobson

Complementary Dynamics

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020


Honglin Chen, Hsueh-Ti Derek Liu, Alec Jacobson, David I.W. Levin

Chordal Decomposition for Spectral Coarsening

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020


Michal Piovarči, Danny M. Kaufman, David I. W. Levin, Piotr Didyk

Fabrication-in-the-Loop Co-Optimization of Surfaces and Styli for Drawing Haptics



Tao, M., Batty, C., Fiume, E. and Levin, D.I.W.

Mandoline: Robust Cut-Cell Generation for Arbitrary Triangle Meshes

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019

Chen YJ., Levin D.I.W. , Kaufman D.M., Ascher U., Pai D.K.

EigenFit for Consistent Elastodynamic Simulation Across Mesh Resolution

Symposium for Computer Animation 2019

Arora, R., Jacobson, A., Langlois, T., Huang, Y., Mueller, C., Matusik, W., Shamir, A., Singh, K., Levin, D.I.W.

Volumetric Michell Trusses for Computational Design & Fabrication

Symposium on Computational Fabrication 2019


Lawson Fulton, Vismay Modi, David Duvenaud, David I.W. Levin, Alec Jacobson

Latent-space Dynamics for Reduced Deformable Simulation

Eurographics 2019

T. Jeruzalski, J. Kanji, A. Jacobson, D.I.W. Levin

Collision-Aware and Online Compression of Rigid Body Simulations via Integrated Error Minimization

Symposium on Computer Animation 2018

M. Piovarči, D.I.W. Levin, D.M. Kaufman, P. Didyk

Perception-Aware Modeling and Fabrication of Digital Drawing Tools



G. Barill N. G. Dickson, R. Schmidt, D.I.W. Levin, A. Jacobson

Fast Winding Numbers for Soups and Clouds


N.J. Weidner, K. Piddington, D.I.W. Levin, S. Sueda

Eulerian-on-Lagrangian Cloth Simulation


V. Megaro, E. Knoop, A. Spielberg, D. Levin, W. Matusik, M. Gross, B. Thomaszewski, M. Bächer

Designing Cable-Driven Actuation Networks for Kinematic Chains and Trees

Symposium for Computer Animation 2017

Desai Chen, David I.W. Levin, Wojciech Matusik and Danny M. Kaufman

Dynamics-Aware Numerical Coarsening for Fabrication Design



Adriana Schulz, Ariel Shamir, Ilya Baran, David I.W. Levin, Pitchaya Sitthi-Amorn and Wojciech Matusik

Retrieval on Parametric Shape Collections

ACM Transactions on Graphics 2017

Yun Teng, David I.W. Levin, Theodore Kim

Eulerian Solid-Fluid Coupling

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016

Timothy Langlois, Ariel Shamir, Daniel Dror, Wojciech Matusik, David I.W. Levin

Stochastic Structural Analysis for Context-Aware Design and Fabrication

SIGGRAPH Asia 2016

Dingzeyu Li, David I.W. Levin, Wojciech Matusik, Changxi Zheng

Acoustic Voxels: Computational Optimization of Modular Acoustic Filters


Michal Piovarči, David I.W. Levin, Jason Rebello, Desai Chen, Roman Ďurikovič, Hanspeter Pfister, Wojciech Matusik, Piotr Didyk

An Interaction-Aware, Perceptual Model For Non-Linear Elastic Objects



Fredrik Kjolstad, Shoaib Kamil, Jonathan Ragan-Kelley, David I.W. Levin, Shinjiro Sueda, Desai Chen, Etienne Vouga, Danny M. Kaufman, Gurtej Kanwar, Wojceich Matusik, Saman Amarasinghe

Simit: A Language for Physical Simulation

ACM Transactions on Graphics 2016

Gaurav Bharaj, David I.W. Levin, James Tompkin, Yun Fei, Hanspeter Pfister, Wojciech Matusik, Changxi Zheng

Computational Design of Metallophone Contact Sounds

SIGGRAPH Asia 2015

Featured in: Wired

Desai Chen, David I.W. Levin, Shinjiro Sueda, Wojciech Matusik

Data-Driven Finite Elements for Geometry and Material Design


Richard Malgat, Benjamin Gilles, David I.W. Levin, Matthieu Nesme, Francois Faure

Multifarious Hierarchies of Mechanical Models for Artist Assigned Levels-of-Detail

Symposium for Computer Animation 2015

Adriana Schulz, Ariel Shamir, David I.W. Levin, Pitchaya Sitthi-amorn, Wojciech Matusik

Design and Fabrication by Example



Dinesh K. Pai, David I.W. Levin, Ye Fan

Eulerian Solids for Muscles and More!

SIGGRAPH (Courses) 2014

Desai Chen, David I.W. Levin, Piotr Didyk, Pitchaya Sitthi-Amorn, Wojciech Matusik

Spec2Fab: A Reducer-Tuner Model for Translating Specifications to 3D Prints


Ye Fan, Joshua Litven, David I.W. Levin, Dinesh K. Pai

Eulerian-On-Lagrangian Simulation

ACM Transactions on Graphics 2013

David I.W. Levin, Joshua Litven, Garrett L. Jones, Shinjiro Sueda, Dinesh K. Pai

Eulerian Solid Simulation with Contact


Shinjiro Sueda, Garrett L. Jones, David I. W. Levin, Dinesh K. Pai

Large-Scale Dynamic Simulation Of Highly Constrained Strands



David I.W. Levin, Benjamin Gilles, Burkhard Madler, Dinesh K. Pai

Extracting skeletal muscle fiber fields from noisy diffusion tensor data



David I.W. Levin, Benjamin Gilles, Burkhard. Madler, Dinesh .K. Pai

A fiber tracking method for building patient specific dynamic musculoskeletal models from diffusion tensor data

MICCAI Workshop on Computational Diffusion MRI 2008



Timothy Jeruzalski Eugene Fiume Alec Jacobson David I.W. Levin

Online Compression of Rigid Body Simulations using Physics-Inspired Interpolation

Symposium for Computer Animation (Best Poster Award) 2017


Kyle Piddington, David I.W. Levin, Dinesh K. Pai, Shinjiro Sueda

Eulerian-on-Lagrangian Cloth Simulation

Symposium for Computer Animation (Best Poster Award) 2015



David I.W. Levin

Dynamic, Patient Specific, Musculoskeletal Models (PhD Thesis)

University of British Columbia 2012


David I.W. Levin

The Implementation and Initial Validation of a Hybrid Deformable Algorithm for Simulating Prostate Brachytherapy (MSc Thesis)

University of Western Ontario 2006


Computational Fabrication (Co-Instructor) 2014 6.S079 MIT
Advanced Topics in Computer Graphics (Co-Instructor) 2013 6.838 MIT