2023-05675 - Towards the creation of appealing realistic virtual humans (Unity)
Level of qualifications required : Graduate degree or equivalent
Fonction : Internship ResearchAbout the research centre or Inria department
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Towards the creation of appealing realistic virtual humans (Unity)
Type of offer: Masters/Research Masters
Research topic: Perception, animation, virtual reality
Contact person: Katja Zibrek, Yuliya Patotskaya, Ludovic Hoyet
In recent years, we have seen a significant development in creating digital doubles and characters who closely resemble real humans 1. Creating believable behaviour and animation for these virtual humans has remained challenging, especially when applied to photorealistic characters 2. In this research project, we will be exploring the animation qualities of photorealistic virtual humans. It has been shown that character movement can be perceived as attractive, significantly affecting users' behaviour towards them 3. Creating appealing characters and their impact on the users will be the central subject of our study.
The objective of this research is to identify which aspects of the character animation affect the user's perception and interaction with the character (agent). First, the intern will work with motion caption from real person and retarget them on virtual characters. Furthermore, we would like to explore the techniques to edit the animations to manipulate the style of motion45 for realistic characters1.
The design will be validated by conducting perceptual studies, particularly by harnessing the power of VR which allows the measure of behavioural responses of the users to virtual people, while our findings will be used to advance further research and provide design guidelines for a wider spread application for entertainment, training and rehabilitation.
The intern will first familiarise with the equipment for animating a virtual human: state-of-the-art facial and body capture procedures and technology to create the virtual characters. Based on the research interest of the intern, different tasks will be available during this internship:
The intern will work closely with the lead researchers to complete the selected tasks.
The candidate should have:
Katja Zibrek (email@example.com), Yuliya Patotskaya (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ludovic Hoyet (email@example.com), Inria, VirtUs team.
1 Character Creator: https: // charactercreator.org/
2 McDonnell, R., Breidt, M., & Bülthoff, H. H. (2012). Render me real?: investigating the effect of render style on the perception of animated virtual humans. ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), 31(4), 91
3 Zibrek, K., Niay, B., Olivier, A. H., Hoyet, L., Pettre, J., & McDonnell, R. (2020). The effect of gender and attractiveness of motion on proximity in virtual reality. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP), 17(4), 1-15.
4 I. Mason, S. Starke, H. Zhang, H. Bilen, T. Komura(2018), Few-shot Learning of Homogeneous Human Locomotion Styles
5 Daniel Holden and Jun Saito and Taku Komura (2016) A deep learning framework for character motion synthesis and editing, ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG)
6 Kfir Aberman, Yijia Weng, Dani Lischinski, Daniel Cohen-Or, Baoquan Chen.
Motion Style Transfer from Video to Animation, ACM Transactions on Graphics (SIGGRAPH 2020).Skills
Technical skills and level required :
Relational skills :
Other valued appreciated :General Information
Theme/Domain : Data and Knowledge Representation and Processing Data production, processing, analysis (BAP D)
Town/city : Rennes
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For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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