Animating People You Know: Building Character Systems with Personality

Speaker Name: 
Michael Neff
Start Time: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Engineering 2, Room 506
Organizer: 
webcast through UCSC CITRIS

Abstract

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New software products are emerging that use animated, conversational characters in applications ranging from health coaches to tutoring systems. As the computer interface takes on a human appearance, users will apply social judgements to it. The perceived personality of the characters can directly impact the application's effectiveness. In this talk, I will review our work on providing tools to create animated characters with perceptually controllable personalities. We have created models for gesture animation that both replicate the style of specific speakers and can capture broad dimensions of personality.