Andy is leader of the computer graphics research group. He established the Urban Modelling Group (UMG - www.urbanmodellinggroup.co.uk) and the Crowd Simulation Group (CSG - www.crowdsimulationgroup.co.uk). He has published over 100 research papers and holds (or has held) several EU and EPSRC grants. His research interests are in applied computational geometry, real time rendering and behaviour of crowds and haptics for deformable bodies. UMG works closely with the School of History (Virtual Past) on virtual historic reconstruction.
The following opportunity exists to pursue a PhD with Prof. Day on the projects:
Real Time Crowd Rendering
He has worked as an engineer for BT, as a school teacher of Mathematics and as a FE lecturer in Mathematics and Computing at Norwich City College. At UEA he was appointed Lecturer in Computing Science in 1985. In 1999 he became a Senior Lecturer and in 2003 was promoted to Reader in the School of Computing Sciences. In 2005 he was appointed to Professor of Computing Science. He is a fellow of Eurographics.
Andy has a First class degree in Mathematics from UEA and in 1990 he was awarded a PhD in Computing Science, 'The Serial and Parallel Implementation of Geometric Algorithms', at UEA.
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Augmenting Graphical User Interfaces with Haptic Assistance for Motion-Impaired Operators
in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
pp. 689-703Full Text UEA Repository
Real-time accumulation of occlusion-based snow
in The Visual ComputerFull Text UEA Repository
Interactive Exploration of Historic Information via Gesture RecognitionFull Text UEA Repository
Vectorising Building Footprints from Historic MapsUEA Repository
A sketch-based system for highway design with user-specified regions of influence
in Computers & Graphics
pp. 685-695Full Text UEA Repository
Cursor Navigation using Haptics for Motion-Impaired Computer UsersFull Text UEA Repository
Haptic Assisted Target Acquisition in a visual point-and-click task for computer users with motion-impairments
in IEEE Transactions on Haptics
pp. 120-130Full Text UEA Repository
Stream-based animation of real-time crowd scenes
in Computers & Graphics
pp. 651-657Full Text UEA Repository
HistOracle: Consolidation and Dissemination of Heritage InformationFull Text UEA Repository
Fuzzy logic controlled pedestrian groups on urban environments
in Motion in Games
pp. 326-337UEA Repository
Aligning archive maps and extracting footprints for analysis of historic urban environments.
in Computers & Graphics
pp. 242-249Full Text UEA Repository
A Sketch based system for highway design
A sketch based algorithm for generating roads
Remodelling of Botanical Trees for Real-Time Simulation
A Key Pose Caching System for Rendering an Animated Crowd in Real Time
in Computer Graphics Forum
pp. 2304-2312Full Text UEA Repository
Real-Time Traffic Simulation Using Cellular AutomataFull Text UEA Repository
Dynamic Animation of Large CrowdsUEA Repository
Illuminating Crowds Via Integral Approximation of Cosine LobesUEA Repository
Detecting Self-Collisions using a hybrid bounding volume algorithmUEA Repository
Using the Discrete Fourier Transform for Character Motion Blending and Manipulation - a Streamlined ApproachUEA Repository
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Key Research Interests
Andy Day is leader of the Computer Graphics Group
His main research interests are in the application of computational geometry to computer graphics, haptics, crowd and urban visualisation and virtual environments.
He began research in 1985 with the Computational Geometry Group, headed by Prof. A.R. Forrest, on the serial and parallel implementation of geometric algorithms. His early work concentrated on the problems of degeneracy in geometric algorithms for convex hulls and Voronoi diagrams. He has also worked on scientific visualisation of environmental data with the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. He has researched parallel high performance image synthesis using ray tracing techniques and fast methods of space partitioning using BSP trees and pre-processing for interactive walkthroughs. He was co-investigator with Prof. D B. Arnold on the EC project ETHOS in 1999, to identify, demonstrate, and evaluate Generic Technologies for Virtual Environments. He was also co-investigator on the EC CHARISMATIC project (Cultural Heritage Attractions featuring Interactive Scenes and Multi-function Avatars as Theatrical Intelligent Characters) in 2000. On this project the UEA group researched rapid modelling using procedural methods and rendering acceleration techniques for populated urban scenes. He was principal investigator on the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Rapid World Modelling project (2000) which focused on modelling the planet earth using compression techniques and the automatic modelling of urban environments. He currently holds three EPSRC grants for Real Time Crowd Rendering and Urban Modelling for Transport Studies.
He has also researched haptic rendering and virtual environments since 2001 and his recent work with Dr. S. Laycock on deformable tools, such as bending rods, has important applications in medical training (such a steerable catheter simulation), engineering and virtual prototyping.
Laycock, R. G., and Day, A. M., Image Registration in a Coarse Three Dimensional Virtual Environment. Computer Graphics Forum, Volume 25, Issue 1, Page(s) 69-82, 2006.
Day, A. M. and Willmott, J. M., Compound Textures for Dynamic Impostor Rendering. Computers and Graphics, Volume 29, Issue 1, Page(s) 109-124, 2005.
Platings, M. and Day, A. M., Compression of Large Scale Terrain Data for Real Time Visualization using a Tiled Quad Tree. Computers Graphics Forum, Volume 23, Issue 4, Page(s) 741-759, 2004.
Franzetti, T., Day, A. M. and Arnold, D. B., A fan growing algorithm for efficient vertex caching. Computers & Graphics, Volume 27, Issue 5, Page(s) 773-789, 2003.
Some Recent Grants
2012-2015, AHRC MagnaCarta grant with HIS.
2011-2012, KTP with School of History and HEART.
2008-2012, 3D-COFORM, EU grant, 'Tools and Expretise for 3D Collection'.
2008, ERDF ‘Spatial Metro’ project extension.
2008-2013, EPSRC/SUSTRANS, i-connect.
2008-2012, EPSRC/SUSTRANS, VISIONS.
2007-2010, EPSRC Real Time Rendering of crowds of high quality and distinct people.
2006-2007, EEDA POC, High quality virtual models with force feedback.
2006-2007, British Academy, Virtual Model of Worcester Cathedral Chapter house
2005-2007, ERDF ‘Spatial Metro’ project
2004-2005, ERDF ‘Liveable City’ project .
2004-2008, EPOCH (Excellence in Processing Open Cultural Heritage) Network of Excellence.
2000-2003, EPSRC Rapid World Modeling.
2000-2002, CHARISMATIC (Cultural heritage attractions featuring interactive scenes and multi-function avatars as theatrical intelligent characters), EU FWK 5
He teaches computer graphics, computational geometry and mathematics for computing.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- Elected Fellow of the Eurographics Society, 2005 Member of editorial advisory board for Computers and Graphics Journal
Deputy Head of School
Director of Infrastructure
Environmental Awareness Officer
Head of Graphics Group