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Realistic Virtual Humans

Realistic Virtual Humans

Objective

GOLEM will share knowledge between relevant partners in Industry and Academia in order to carry out multidisciplinary research to streamline the production pipeline for virtual (digital) characters. It will radically improve their appearance and animation, while keeping them affordable and easy to customize. A unique aspect of GOLEM is that its technological and engineering advances will be used throughout the project to carry out research in the field of presence in virtual environments, and this will, in turn, provide feedback to improve and refine the technical aspects. The technical objectives can summarized as development of a marker-less facial capture system, an automatic rigging system, an interactive facial muscle animation system, automatic lip-sync based on speech recognition and realistic dynamic, real-time skin shaders. The study of presence in virtual environments will be taken to a next level given the possibility of, for the first time, using affordable, realistic virtual humans. More precisely, the goals are to deploy and evaluate full range of facial expressions and to carry out cognitive and psychophysical evaluation of presence. These objectives span a wide range of knowledge areas (animation, render, human computer interaction, neuroscience…). GOLEM is built around a solid structure of transfer of knowledge between the partners, including secondments, networking activities, workshops and seminars.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Address

Calle Pedro Cerbuna 12
50009 Zaragoza

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 207 017

Administrative Contact

Diego Gutierrez (Dr.)

Participants (4)

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MSFT - Software para Microcomputadores, LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 119 544

WONDERTALENT LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 81 043

INSTITUTO DE TELECOMUNICACOES

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 198 119

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 44 689

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 251415

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2010

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 650 412

  • EU contribution

    € 650 412

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain