Rowel O. Atienza

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One of the biggest obstacles facing humans and robots is the lack of means for natural and meaningful interaction. Robots find it difficult to understand human intentions since our way of communication is different from the way machines exchange their information. Our aim is to remove this barrier by creating systems that react and respond to natural human(More)
Knowledge of English in the Philippines is important not only in the work place, but as well as in education. English is the primary language of instruction in the Philippines, even in public schools. Students who have difficulty understanding English will also have trouble with the other subjects like Science and Math. However, there is a lack of qualified(More)
There is an increasing rise in High Definition (HD) videoconferencing solutions, due to the increase in demand for HD media and the availability of inexpensive Internet services. However, there is a need for simpler but effective user interface (UI) design and devices so that nontechnical people will be able to use a videoconferencing system with minimal(More)
High fidelity and interactive 3D characters abound in virtual and augmented reality. However, making one usually requires manual skeleton extraction and specification on how the body reacts with the translation and rotation of the bones. While there are previous works that already solve this problem, most systems have limitations with the input or the(More)
Note-taking applications today have features that imitate the behavior of real handwriting such as smooth strokes, responsive interface, and stroke thinning. However, the problem is that the writing tools of these applications do not fully simulate the feel of their real counterpart. Some of these applications have flaws like unnatural pen thinning effect,(More)