Broad Area Colloquium For AI-Geometry-Graphics-Robotics-Vision
(CS 528)

The challenges and future of Human Anatomy Simulation

Eftychios Sifakis

October 30, 2006, 4:15PM
TCSeq 200


Computer aided modeling of human body motion, appearance and function has found important applications in areas such as entertainment, communications, biomechanics and medicine. With the advance of computer hardware, even applications that have traditionally been satisfied with visual rather than biophysical plausibility such as Special Effects can afford methods which faithfully model the biomechanical and anatomical properties of the human body, to obtain enhanced realism and versatility. More important, applications with very demanding performance requirements, such as interactive simulation of surgical operations, have only now entered the realm of feasibility. In my talk I will describe several challenges posed by both current and emerging applications and discuss the future roadmap of human anatomy modeling and simulation.

About the Speaker

Eftychios Sifakis received BSc degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Crete, Greece and is currently completing his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University. His research interests include physics-based animation of human body motion, methods for acquisition, analysis and synthesis of expressive facial performances and speech, and computational methods for simulation of high-resolution nonlinear deformable structures with focus on the human musculoskeletal system. He has been collaborating with craniofacial surgeons and participates in the DARPA Virtual Face Working Group to develop anatomically and biomechanically accurate simulation systems for reconstructive facial surgery planning. For the last two years, Eftychios has been consulting with Intel Corporation on the mapping of large-scale physics simulation on next-generation high performance platforms.


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