The series of VCS occasionally invites leading extramural researchers to provide lectures on the state-of-the-art technologies related to the topics of the lab.

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The 2nd: Learning Neural Character Controllers from Motion Capture Data (2021/11/19, 10:00―11:30)

Speaker:

Taku Komura(Professor, the University of Hong Kong, https://www.cs.hku.hk/index.php/people/academic-staff/taku

Abstract: 

Computer games and Virtual Reality (VR) are not only entertainment, but becoming a novel way of communication, especially in the post-Covid world where reduced physical communication may remain as a new-normal. Character motion is one of the important factors in increasing the immersion of the users into the virtual world. Using neural networks for character controllers can significantly increase the scalability of the system – the controller can be trained with a large amount of motion capture data while the run-time memory can be kept low. The main challenge is in designing an architecture that can produce movements in production quality and also manage a wide variation of motion classes and styles. In this talk, I will cover our recent development of neural network based character controllers that can be trained from motion capture data. Using our system, a wide variation of movements such as walking, running, side stepping and backward walking can be synthesized for a wide variation of characters in real time. In the end of the talk, I will discuss the open problems and future directions of character animation.

Biography:

Taku Komura joined Hong Kong University in 2020. Before joining HKU, he worked at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2020), City University of Hong Kong (2002-2006) and RIKEN (2000-2002). He received his BSc, MSc and PhD in Information Science from University of Tokyo. His research has focused on data-driven character animation, physically based character animation, crowd simulation, 3D modelling, cloth animation, anatomy-based modelling and robotics. Recently, his main research interests have been on the application of machine learning techniques for animation synthesis. He received the Royal Society Industry Fellowship (2014) and the Google AR/VR Research Award (2017).

Inquires:

Fujishiro(Department of Information and Computer Sciencefuji@ics.keio.ac.jp

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