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Anticipation from Example

TitleAnticipation from Example
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsZordan, V., A. Macchietto, J. Medin, M. Soriano, C-C. Wu, R. A. Metoyer, and R. Rose
Tertiary AuthorsMajumder, A., L. Hodges, and D. Cohen
Conference NameProceedings of the 2007 ACM symposium on Virtual reality software and technology - VRST '07
Date Published2007
PublisherACM Press
Conference LocationNewport Beach, CA
ISBN Number9781595938633
Keywordsbehavior control, human animation, motion capture

Automatically generated anticipation is a largely overlooked component of response in character motion for computer animation. We present an approach for generating anticipation to unexpected interactions with examples taken from human motion capture data. Our system generates animation by quickly selecting an anticipatory action using a Support Vector Machine (SVM) which is trained offline to distinguish the characteristics of a given scenario according to a metric that assesses predicted damage and energy expenditure for the character. We show our results for a character that can anticipate by blocking or dodging a threat coming from a variety of locations and targeting any part of the body, from head to toe.