About Me

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I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the UCLA Mathematics Department where I study physics-based simulations under the direction of my advisor Joseph Teran. I was a Simulation Intern at Weta Digital during Summer 2021. My current hobbies include gaming, knitting and crochet, cooking, indoor cycling, and yoga. 

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Research

Interests: applied and computational mathematics, computer graphics, numerical PDEs, physics-based simulation, finite element methods, material point methods.

Publications

Chen, Jingyu, Victoria Kala, Alan Marquez-Razon, Elias Gueidon, David AB Hyde, and Joseph Teran. “A momentum-conserving implicit material point method for surface tension with contact angles and spatial gradients.” ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) 40, no. 4 (2021): 1-16. fileicon PDF videoicon Video

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Kala, Victoria, Katherine Guo, Elizabeth Swantek, Alan Tong, Monique Chyba, Yuriy Mileyko, Chris Gray, Thomas Lee, and Alice Koniges. “Pandemics in Hawai’i: 1918 Influenza and COVID-19.” IARIA, 2020, 26-31.

Teaching

I am a teaching assistant for Math 151B for the Fall 2021 quarter. Click here for my Math 151B materials.

For resources to my previous courses, click here.

Contact

Email me at victoriakala (at) ucla.edu.