Monday, August 4, 1997
Norman I. Badler (Chair) -- Director, HMS Center, University of Pennsylvania
Armin Bruderlin -- ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Labs
Athomas Goldberg -- Media Research Laboratory, New York University
Dimitris Metaxas -- HMS Center, University of Pennsylvania
Ken Perlin -- Director, Media Research Laboratory, New York University
Last update, July 17, 1997
This course is intended to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in motion synthesis
for virtual humans. It covers the essential elements for interactive and
real-time (synthesized, non-captured) animation via behavior, physics, signal
processing, scripting, and reactive techniques. This course is intended
to demonstrate the state-of-the-art in interactive and real-time motion
and behavior synthesis for Virtual Humans. Applications of such human animation
include simulation and training, intelligent agents, avatars, and realistic
motion synthesis for entertainment characters. The course covers the essential
elements for synthetic (primarily non-captured) animation via kinematics,
inverse kinematics, dynamics, optimal and adaptive control theory, motion
signal processing, and motion texture synthesis. In addition, the course
covers the higher level behaviors which impart a sense of decision-making
and reactivity to make Virtual Humans appear to act more human. These techniques
include collision avoidance, postural transitions, parallel finite-state
machine controls, intelligent locomotion, cultural and personality influences,
and environmental sensing.
The course speakers represent three of the major research ``streams'' in real-time Virtual Humans: Badler and Metaxas with the Jack software and its extensions and derivatives; Perlin and Goldberg with the IMPROV software that was featured live at SIGGRAPH '95 and '96; and Bruderlin who contributed to the LifeForms software and now provides an international view from ATR, Japan. These groups collectively encompass the major issues and proposed solutions to real-time Virtual Human animation. This course will bring them together to share their approaches and experiences as well as their visions for the future.
This intermediate level course is intended to demonstrate the state-of-the-art
in motion synthesis for virtual humans. It covers the essential elements
for interactive and real-time (synthesized, non-captured) animation via
behavior, physics, signal processing, scripting, and reactive techniques.
This course is intended for animators, managers, software developers, students and scientists interested in acquiring or synthesizing human motions, especially in real-time. Prerequisites are previous exposure to animation production or systems. Some mathematical background would be beneficial but not essential.
This course will describe the state-of-the-art in interactive and real-time human motion synthesis and actor behaviors. It will demonstrate the state-of-the-art in human animation generated by techniques such as inverse kinematics, dynamics, and video motion capture, and by higher-level approaches such as behaviorally-scripted agents, personality profiles, and interpersonal and environmental reactivity. Various applications illustrate real-time synthetic humans in virtual prototyping, team tasks, synthetic actors and avatars, and VE/VR training.
8:30 - 10:00 Badler (90 min.)
10:00 - 10:15 (break) (15 min.)
10:15 - 11:30 Bruderlin (75 min.)
11:30 - 12:00 Perlin/Goldberg (30 min.)
12:00 - 1:30 (lunch)
1:30 - 3:00 Perlin/Goldberg (90 min.)
3:00 - 3:15 (break) (15 min.)
3:15 - 4:45 Metaxas (90 min.)
4:45 - 5:00 Panel (all) (15 min.)