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

Animation for Everyone

Jovan Popovic, MIT
April 25, 2005, 4:15PM
TCSeq 201


Computer animation can revolutionize standard practices in education and training by enabling inexpensive, high-quality computer-based instruction. Unfortunately, standard animation techniques require a tremendous amount of artistry, skill, and time: animations with realistic motions require manual selection of appropriate simulation parameters; and animations with highly stylized actions require manual deformations of geometric shapes. This talk describes our recent progress towards simplifying animation tasks through acquisition, analysis, and modeling of human motion and shape deformation. We plan to incorporate these solutions into rapid-animation tools with the hope of making animation as easy as speaking into a microphone or typing in a word processor.

About the Speaker

Jovan Popovic is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Computer Graphics Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Before joining MIT in the Fall of 2001, Jovan Popovic received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oregon State University.


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