Programme now available
Facial animation is a broad and exciting area of research drawing on multiple disciplines: computer graphics and animation provide the means to render and display a face; computer vision can be used to measure, interpret and decode facial actions; speech science is used to determine how the face should move during speech; while psychology can help provide the emotive human element of animation. However, creating convincing facial animation is an exceptionally difficult task due to our innate sensitivity to facial form and motion, each one of us is an expert judge in deciding whether an animation is realistic or not. In today's world, facial animation has more applications than ever before: from video game characters to movie actor doubles, from machine facial displays to psychological research stimuli.
A typical example of a facial animation development pipeline might involve 3D acquisition of the shape of an actor's face in various poses over time, rigid and non-rigid registration of the resulting surface representations, retargeting of the poses to an existing facial model, collecting motion data from the actor during speech and emotional expression, synthesizing new motion sequences on the facial model based on an analysis of that data, and evaluating the realism of the resulting synthesis.
The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in all aspects of facial animation and related analysis. Submissions are invited in the following topic areas but are not limited to:
- Image-based Acquisition of Facial Shape, Motion and Texture
- Facial Animation Using Example-Based Synthesis and Motion-Graph Based Techniques
- Performance-Driven Animation and Expression Mapping
- Visual Speech Synthesis
- Animation of Non-Linguistic Behaviors and Vocalisations
- Perception of Facial Animation and the "Uncanny Valley"
- Photo and Non-Photorealistic Facial Rendering
Dept. of Computer Science
University College London
Senior Research Scientist
Head of Research
Dimensional Imaging: demonstration of their 4D capture technology
Image Metrics: invited talk
Disney Research: invited talk
The meeting will take place in room G.07, in the Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, University of Edinburgh.
The map of the campus is here.
Please note that the meeting will start at 9.30 am and will last until 5.15 pm. The programme is available here. [PDF version]
To register, simply send an e-mail mentioning the meeting ('10th of June 2009 Meeting in Edinburgh'), your name, address, affiliation, and BMVA membership information ('member' or 'non-member'), and lunch option ('vegetarian' or 'standard') to BMVA@roystonparkin.co.uk
The fee is £5 for BMVA members and £25 for non-members. Nonmembers automatically gain BMVA membership via this payment. Lunch is included. The registration fee can be paid at the door (cash or UK cheque). Although not necessary, it is also possible to pay in advance by sending a cheque or postal order in the required amount made payable to 'The British Machine Vision Association'. Mailed payments may be sent via regular post to:
BMVA Secretary Royston Parkin
95 Queen Street,
Sheffield, S1 1WG
Please include your name, address and meeting title ('10th of June 2009 Meeting in Edinburgh') with payment.
NOTE: ALL ATTENDEES SHOULD REGISTER BY E-MAIL REGARDLESS OF METHOD OF PAYMENT
OrganizersIf you have any queries, please contact the organizers:
Darren Cosker [D.P.Cosker at cs.bath.ac.uk]
Gregor Hofer [G.Hofer at sms.ed.ac.uk]
Michael Berger [M.A.Berger at sms.ed.ac.uk]
Nataliya Nadtoka [N.Nadtoka at surrey.ac.uk]
|Abstract submission deadline||30th of April 2009|
|Notification of acceptance||10th of May 2009|
|Pre-registration deadline||3rd of June 2009|
|Meeting date||10th of June 2009|
AccommodationThere is a wide range of accommodation available in Edinburgh. Prices are approximate and are subject to change.
- University accommodation:
For short visits, the University has accommodation at the Kenneth MacKenzie Hospitality Suite (44 GBP per night) or in Salisbury Green (69 GBP per night) which both provide a room with breakfast in the morning. You can book by phoning +44 131 662 2000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org More information is available here.
- Guest Houses and Hotels:
Here is the list of guest houses and hotels that are near to the Informatics Forum. Most of these include breakfast.
- Self-catering apartments:
A company called Edinburgh Self Catering Ltd provides luxury to affordable self catering accommodation. Another self-catering company is Fountain Court Apartments.
Pre-Symposium socialFor people arriving the day before the symposium, the organisers will be at Doctors pub from 8 PM onwards on Tuesday the 9th of June to welcome attendees to Edinburgh.
32 Forest Road