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Zhimin Ren

Email: zren at cs dot unc dot edu

Office Phone: 919-962-1873

SN335, Sitterson Hall
201 S Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3175

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About me

I am a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Computer Science at UNC - Chapel Hill. I am working on: Prof. Ming C. Lin is my advisor. I expect to graduate with Ph.D in summer 2013. Check out this short demo video of automatically synthesized sounds with our algorithms! I am currently building novel virtual musical instruments with these sound synthesis algorithms on Android tablets.

I went to Zhejiang University and got my B.S. in Computer Science in 2007. I also graduated from the Chu Kochen Honors College at Zhejiang University.
Internship Experiences:


Auditory Perception of Geometry-Invariant Material Properties
Best Paper Honorable Mention at IEEE Virtual Reality 2013 and to appear in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG)
Zhimin Ren, Hengchin Yeh, Roberta Klatzky, and Ming C. Lin


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Example-Guided Physically-Based Modal Sound Synthesis
To appear in ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) and be presented at SIGGRAPH 2013
Zhimin Ren, Hengchin Yeh, and Ming C. Lin

AudioCloning: Extracting Material Fingerprints from Example Audio Recording
SIGGRAPH 2012 Studio Talk
Hengchin Yeh, Zhimin Ren, and Ming C. Lin

Project Page, Demo Video

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Tabletop Ensemble: Touch-Enabled Virtual Percussion Instruments
ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics (i3D) 2012
Designing Virtual Instruments with Touch-Enabled Interfaces
ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2012 Case Study
Zhimin Ren, Ravish Mehra, Jason Coposky (RENCI) and Ming C. Lin

Project Page, Demo Video

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Synthesizing Contact Sounds between Textured Objects
IEEE Virtual Reality 2010
Zhimin Ren, Hengchin Yeh, and Ming C. Lin

Real-Time Sound Synthesis for Rigid Bodies
Game Programming Gems 8, 2010
Zhimin Ren and Ming C. Lin

Project Page, Demo Video

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Fast Edge-Diffraction for Sound Propagation in Complex Virtual Environments
EAA Symposium on Auralization 2009
Micah Taylor, Anish Chandak, Zhimin Ren, Christian Lauterbach, and Dinesh Manocha

Project Page, Demo Video

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AD-Frustum: Adaptive Frustum Tracing for Interactive Sound Propagation
IEEE Visualization 2008
Anish Chandak, Christian Lauterbach, Micah Taylor, Zhimin Ren, and Dinesh Manocha

Project Page, Demo Video


Interactive Rendering of Multiple Scattering in Participating Media Using Separable Phase Function
International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP) 2007
Zheng Gong, Zhimin Ren, Zhangye Wang, and Qunsheng Peng

Demo Video