James Kuffner  

Autonomous Animated Characters

  • James Kuffner, Jr.,
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Project Description

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This research investigates the problem of designing a software framework for creating autonomous agents for interactive character animation.

The ultimate goal is to create animated characters able to respond intelligently to task-level commands such as "walk over to the table and pick up the book". User commands or high-level scripts provide task commands, and the software automatically generates the underlying motion to complete the task.

Potential applications include virtual reality, video games, web avatars, desktop movie studios, and other real-time virtual human simulations (urban / industrial / military).


Research Overview

Our research efforts have been divided into several key areas, including goal-directed navigation, object grasping and manipulation, and synthetic vision. Links to these specific topics are provided below.

General Animation Framework Goal-Directed Navigation

Simulated Visual Perception Object Grasping and Manipulation

High-Level Behaviors


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