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Much of the motion capture data used in animations, commercials, and video games is carefully segmented into distinct motions either at the time of capture or by hand after the capture session. As we move toward collecting more and longer motion sequences, however, automatic segmentation techniques will become important for processing the results in a(More)
Optimization is an appealing way to compute the motion of an animated character because it allows the user to specify the desired motion in a sparse, intuitive way. The difficulty of solving this problem for complex characters such as humans is due in part to the high dimensionality of the search space. The dimensionality is an artifact of the problem(More)
Two human motions can be linearly interpolated to produce a new motion, giving the animator control over the length of a jump, the speed of walking, or the height of a kick. Over the past ten years, this simple technique has been shown to produce surprisingly natural looking results. In this paper we analyze the motions produced by this technique for(More)
Path planning quickly becomes computationally hard as the dimensionality of the state-space increases. In this paper, we present a planning algorithm intended to speed up path planning for high-dimensional state-spaces such as robotic arms. The idea behind this work is that while planning in a highdimensional state-space is often necessary to ensure the(More)
Capturing the body movements of actors to create animations for movies, games, and VR applications has become standard practice, but finger motions are usually added manually as a tedious post-processing step. In this paper, we present a surprisingly simple method to automate this step for gesturing and conversing characters. In a controlled environment, we(More)
Player metrics are an invaluable resource for game designers and QA analysts who wish to understand players , monitor and improve game play, and test design hypotheses. Usually such metrics are collected in a straightforward manner by passively recording players; however, such an approach has several potential drawbacks. First, passive recording might fail(More)
Many compelling applications would become feasible if novice users had the ability to synthesize high quality human motion based only on a simple sketch and a few easily specified constraints. We approach this problem by representing the desired motion as an interpolation of two time-scaled paths through a motion graph. The graph is constructed to support(More)
Edgebreaker is a simple technique for compressing 3D triangle meshes. We introduce here a new formulation, which leads to a simple implementation. We describe it in terms of a data structure, the Corner Table, which represents the connectivity of any manifold triangle mesh as two table of integers. For meshes that are homeomorphic to a sphere, Edgebreaker(More)
Motion graphs provide users with a simple yet powerful way to synthesize human motions. While motion graph-based synthesis has been widely successful, the quality of the generated motion depends largely on the connectivity of the graph and the quality of transitions in it. However, achieving both of these criteria simultaneously in motion graphs is(More)