This summer I will be working with a professor on a research topic of my choice, in the field of graphics & simulation. While my professor is knowledgeable in the area he is being very hands off as he does not want to make the student research his research. The intent is to use OpenGL to work on the topic.
We previously had a talk about the idea of taking a scene, specifying a water level, flow direction, and then generating a heat map at that height level of water disturbance to then allow us to render a scene at low cost with "semi-realistic" water flow.
While this idea interests me, I was looking to try to look into more ideas regarding fluid's or possible other area's of the field to attempt to find other possible projects.
In short, what would be a good place to look for entry level research projects regarding computer graphics? Or just idea's in general to help steer a beginner.