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Realistic avatar eye and head animation using a neurobiological model of visual attention
Author(s): Laurent Itti; Nitin Dhavale; Frederic Pighin
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Paper Abstract

We describe a neurobiological model of visual attention and eye/head movements in primates, and its application to the automatic animation of a realistic virtual human head watching an unconstrained variety of visual inputs. The bottom-up (image-based) attention model is based on the known neurophysiology of visual processing along the occipito-parietal pathway of the primate brain, while the eye/head movement model is derived from recordings in freely behaving Rhesus monkeys. The system is successful at autonomously saccading towards and tracking salient targets in a variety of video clips, including synthetic stimuli, real outdoors scenes and gaming console outputs. The resulting virtual human eye/head animation yields realistic rendering of the simulation results, both suggesting applicability of this approach to avatar animation and reinforcing the plausibility of the neural model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2003
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5200, Applications and Science of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Evolutionary Computation VI, (30 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.512618
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Laurent Itti, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Nitin Dhavale, Univ. of Southern California (United States)
Frederic Pighin, Univ. of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5200:
Applications and Science of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Evolutionary Computation VI
Bruno Bosacchi; David B. Fogel; James C. Bezdek, Editor(s)

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