IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications

Physically Based Animation

Final submissions due: 1 July 2016
Publication date: March/April 2017

Computer animation has been an active research field in computer graphics for many years. The techniques developed in this field are an important part of many modern computer tools in a range of application areas, such as VR, computer games, special effects in movies and commercials, and virtual prototyping and training simulators, just to name a few. More recently, physically based simulation has become a popular topic in computer animation. Many different simulation methods are being investigated to generate realistic animations of rigid bodies, elastic rods, cloth, deformable bodies, fluids, and so forth.

This special issue of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications will provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners in the field of physically based animation to publish their latest work. For this special issue, we solicit papers describing innovative computer animation techniques. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Animation systems
  • Applications (robotics, medicine, entertainment)
  • Character animation
  • Collision detection and contact handling
  • Crowd simulation
  • Facial animation
  • Interfaces for creating and editing animations
  • Mathematical foundations of animation
  • Natural phenomena
  • Particle systems
  • Perception in animation
  • Real-time and interactive methods
  • Virtual and augmented reality

Guest Editors

Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:

Submission Guidelines

Articles should be no more than eight magazine pages, where a page is 800 words and a quarter-page image counts as 200 words. Please cite only the 12 most relevant references, and consider providing technical background in sidebars for nonexpert readers. Color images are preferable and should be limited to 10. Visit the CG&A style and length guidelines at We also strongly encourage you to submit multimedia (videos, podcasts, and so on) to enhance your article. Visit the CG&A supplemental guidelines at

Please submit your paper using the online manuscript submission service at When uploading your paper, select the appropriate special issue title under the category “Manuscript Type.” Also, include complete contact information for all authors. If you have any questions about submitting your article, contact the peer review coordinator at