Some Advances in Virtual Reality, Virtual Humans, and Virtual Crowds
Speaker: Prof. Daniel Thalmann
Date: 22 May 2007 Time: 15:00-17:00
Location: "Stelios Orphanoudakis" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete.
Host: Prof. C. Stephanidis


In this talk, we will present some of our recent projects in EPFL-VRlab; we will explain how we model and animate interactive and intelligent Virtual Humans, able to react to the environment. We will emphasize the simulation of crowds, which imply many aspects like modelling variety, path planning, collision detection, levels of details, rendering pipeline. We will also discuss the use of Virtual Reality techniques for teleoperation, surveillance, and monitoring.


Professor Dr. Daniel Thalmann is Professor and Director of The Virtual Reality Lab (VRlab) at EPFL, Switzerland. He is a pioneer in research on Virtual Humans. His current research interests include Real-time Virtual Humans in Virtual Reality, Networked Virtual Environments, Computer Animation, and 3D Interaction. He is the President of the Swiss Association of Research in Information Technology and one Director of ERCIM.

He is coeditor-in-chief of the Journal of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, and member of the editorial board of the Visual Computer and 4 other journals. Daniel Thalmann was member of numerous Program Committees, Program Chair and CoChair of several conferences.

Daniel Thalmann has published more than 400 papers in Graphics, Animation, and Virtual Reality. He is coeditor or coauthor of several books including the

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