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 am also a Simulation Intern at Weta Digital. My current hobbies include gaming, knitting and crochet, cooking, indoor cycling, and yoga. 

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


Chen, Jingyu, Victoria Kala, Alan Marquez-Razon, Elias Gueidon, David A. B.Hyde, and Joseph Teran. “A Momentum-Conserving Implicit Material Point Method for Surface Tension with Contact Angles and Spatial Gradients.” In “SIGGRAPH 2021 Technical Papers (accepted).” ACM TOG40, no. 4(2021). arXiv: 2101.12408 [cs.GR]. fileicon PDF videoicon Video


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.


I do not have any teaching responsibilities at this time.

For resources to my previous courses, click here.


Email me at victoriakala (at) ucla.edu.