SIGGRAPH Authors Seminar Series at I2R

Written by Huang Zhiyong
Thursday, 30 September 2010

Title: Dynamic Models for Character Animation
Speaker: Dr Yin KangKang, National University of Singapore
Chaired by: Dr Huang Zhiyong
Venue: Franklin @ 11S, I2R, Fusionopolis
Time: 14:30-15:10, October 1, Friday, 2010


This talk presents three examples of our efforts to develop more sophisticated dynamic models of human motion. We first show short demos of a remarkably simple and effective balance mechanism for bipeds, and continuation methods to generalize basic locomotion skills to more challenging tasks. We then present our latest work on sampling-based motion control. We demonstrate fast control reconstruction for a diverse set of captured motions, including walking, running, and contact-rich tasks such as sideways rolling and kip-up jumps. The proposed method can also generate physically plausible motion variations, and perform physically based motion transformation and retargeting. In addition, we show that sampling is effective for reference-trajectory-free scenarios, such as idling.


KangKang Yin obtained her PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2007. Then she worked in the Internet Graphics group at Microsoft Research Asia as an Associate Researcher for two years. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore. She is mainly interested in Computer Animation and Simulation, especially responsive character animation and real-time humanoid motion control. For more information, please visit