David Hyde

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University
dabh -at- alumni.stanford.edu

Brief bio: David Hyde is part of the Computer Science faculty at Vanderbilt University. He was first a Regents Scholar at UCSB, earning a B.S. in Mathematics with highest honors at age 19. Hyde then earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science (with Distinction in Teaching) from Stanford, where he was a DoD NDSEG Fellow and a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow. He also earned M.S. degrees in computer science and applied math. Most recently, David was a PIC Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA. Hyde's research has been supported by organizations including DARPA, the Department of Energy, and the Army Research Lab. Hyde has also helped build successful companies in quantum computing, databases, and data science.
Full CV available upon request.

Research keywords: Computational Physics, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, Data Science, HPC, Visualization, etc.

Research summary: I am interested in advancing simulation science, primarily in computational physics and computer graphics. Typically this takes the form of new numerical methods and novel algorithms for tackling simulation problems. However, recent work has included blending deep learning and computer vision techniques with more classical computational and applied mathematics—including leveraging numerical understanding to design new algorithms for learning and data science. I also maintain an interest in high-performance computing, particularly as it relates to designing scalable numerical algorithms for simulation and learning. Furthermore, I have occasionally dabbled in low-level systems work which can make simulation codes more efficient, as well as high-level work on understanding how users interact with novel simulations and simulation systems. Although my focus is on physical simulation and the synergies between simulation, learning, and data, I believe it is fruitful to maintain a holistic view of simulation research and to address the biggest challenges facing simulation science on whatever "layer of the stack" they occur.


I am actively recruiting postdocs and Ph.D. students who are interested in the same topics I am. Please email me!


  • (2023-03-20) Looking forward to hosting a minisymposium on deep learning, preconditioning, and linear solvers at ICIAM 2023. See you in Tokyo!
  • (2022-01-07) Grateful to have received a SIAM Science Policy Fellowship to help with computational science and applied math advocacy for the next two years.
  • (2021-05-10) My render from our latest paper is featured in (and the thumbnail of!) the SIGGRAPH 2021 Trailer.
  • (2020-05-28) Small writeup of our award-winning CHI paper in the Stanford Engineering magazine.
  • (2019-04-08) The main paper behind my thesis is now available online through JCP.
  • (2018-10-04) Our review paper on deep learning and multiphase flow is one of the most downloaded recent articles in JCP!
  • (2018-07-10) Honored to receive the Gerald J. Lieberman fellowship, one of twelve top doctoral students across the entire university in terms of research, teaching, and service.


The Pandemic did not Interrupt LA 's Violence Interrupters

J. Ren, K. Santoso, D. Hyde, A. Bertozzi, P. Brantingham
Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2022

A Deep Conjugate Direction Method for Iteratively Solving Linear Systems

A. Kaneda, O. Akar, J. Chen, V. Kala, D. Hyde, J. Teran

A Robust Grid-Based Meshing Algorithm for Embedding Self-Intersecting Surfaces

S. Gagniere, Y. Han, Y. Chen, D. Hyde, A. Marquez-Razon, J. Teran, R. Fedkiw




A Momentum-Conserving Implicit Material Point Method for Surface Tension with Contact Angles and Spatial Gradients

J. Chen, V. Kala, A. Marquez-Razon, E. Gueidon, D. Hyde, J. Teran
ACM TOG (SIGGRAPH 2021 Technical Papers), 2021

Emotion Classification and Textual Clustering Techniques for Gang Intervention Data

R. Wu, C. Yang, D. Hyde, A. Bertozzi, P. Brantingham
Data Science for Smart and Connected Communities Workshop, IEEE Big Data, 2020

Analyzing Effectiveness of Gang Interventions using Koopman Operator Theory

S. Wen, A. Chen, T. Bhatia, N. Liskij, D. Hyde, A. Bertozzi, P. Brantingham
Data Science for Smart and Connected Communities Workshop, IEEE Big Data, 2020

An Implicit Updated Lagrangian Formulation for Liquids with Large Surface Energy

D. Hyde, S. Gagniere, A. Marquez-Razon, J. Teran
ACM TOG (SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Technical Papers), 2020

Improved Search Strategies with Application to Estimating Facial Blendshape Parameters

M. Bao, D. Hyde, X. Hua, R. Fedkiw

A Hybrid Lagrangian/Eulerian Collocated Velocity Advection and Projection Method for Fluid Simulation

S. Gagniere, D. Hyde, A. Marquez-Razon, C. Jiang, Z. Ge, X. Han, Qi Guo, J. Teran
Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2020 (SCA 2020)), 2020

Assessing the Effects of Failure Alerts on Transitions of Control from Autonomous Driving Systems

E. Fu, D. Hyde, S. Sibi, M. Johns, M. Fischer, D. Sirkin
Proceedings of the 2020 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV 2020), 2020-10

Is Too Much System Caution Counterproductive? Effects of Varying Sensitivity and Automation Levels in Vehicle Collision Avoidance Systems

E. Fu, M. Johns, D. Hyde, S. Sibi, M. Fischer, D. Sirkin
Proceedings of the 2020 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2020




VRGE: An Immersive Visualization Application for the Geosciences

D. Hyde, T. Hall, J. Caers
Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE Conference on Scientific Visualization (SciVis '18), 2018

Assessing and Visualizing Uncertainty of 3D Geological Surfaces Using Level Sets with Stochastic Motion

L. Yang, D. Hyde, O. Grujic, C. Scheidt, J. Caers
Computers and Geosciences, 2019-01

Distributing and Load Balancing Sparse Fluid Simulations

C. Shah, D. Hyde, H. Qu, P. Levis
Computer Graphics Forum (Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2018 (SCA 2018)), 2018

Sharp Interface Approaches and Deep Learning Techniques for Multiphase Flows

F. Gibou, D. Hyde, R. Fedkiw
Journal of Computational Physics, 2019

FRC: A High-Performance Concurrent Parallel Deferred Reference Counter for C++

C. Tripp, D. Hyde, B. Grossman-Ponemon
Proceedings of the 2018 ACM SIGPLAN International Symposium on Memory Management (ISMM '18), 2018

A Robust Volume Conserving Method for Character-Water Interaction

M. Lee, D. Hyde, K. Li, R. Fedkiw
Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH / Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2019 (SCA 2019), 2019

Knotting Fingerprints Resolve Knot Complexity and Knotting Pathways in Ideal Knots

D. Hyde, J. Henrich, E. Rawdon, K. Millett
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter (Special Issue on Knots), 2015


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