CSC 2529 Winter 2008 Suggested Projects
- Figure of 8 walking The motion trail created by a human pelvis
resembles a figure of 8 on its side. Design an interface where an arbitrary
walk cycle is corrected to match up with its closest figure of 8 shape and
then allow a user to edit this curve to generate variations in the walk.
Event snapping When keyframing animations many keys have a cause effect
behavior and the animation does not make sense if the keys are just
transformed en masse. Design an approach where events defined as linkages by a
user stick together appropriately as an animation is edited. Think of music
beats as one set of events and syncing an animation to the music as grid
snapping to the beat.
- Motion indexing from keywords and/or drawings
Pencil sketches are a useful means of quickly creating various object shapes.
Develop an abstraction for sketching animated motions or using descriptive
words as a means to search a database of motion data.
- Behavioral modeling of everyday motions
When a person sits in a chair to watch a presentation or sits in a chair in
front of a desk, they never really stop moving. Build a simple behavioral
model of the types of motions typically observed for these situations.
- Dynamic controllers from motion capture Given a human motion and a
dynamic controller for it, compute the parameters of the controller to fit
sample motions obtained using motion capture. Fingers plucking guitar strings
or a percussionist playing are good example motions.
- Patterns in motion find repetitive patterns in motion curves and
abstract them so they repeated in different contexts. Examples of this are lip
movements for the same word spoken multiple times in a passage or someone
shaking a leg subconsciously.
- Interactive character poser/animator II: Implement
techniques for interactively posing and animating a character's skeleton on a
large display wall using your own body and motion capture as the input.
- Reactive Motion Build a system for higher level motion of a
stick figure. The system
should bassically cause the character to move in a manner that is reactive to
the character's perception of the environment. Imagine a boxer in a ring.
- Kinodynamic facial simulation Given a simple blendShape based
facial animation setup, add kinodynamic motion based on keyframes using a
simple springs and dampers or vortices.
Dept of Computer Science,
University of Toronto