Call: IEEE AIVR 2021 Workshop on Modeling and Animating Realistic Crowds and Humans (MARCH)

Call for Papers

Workshop on Modeling and Animating Realistic Crowds and Humans (MARCH)
At IEEE AVIVR 2021, 4th IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality
November 15-17, 2021 (concrete date TBD)
Taichung, Taiwan and online [see LOCATION AND DATE below]
https://sites.google.com/view/ieee-aivr2021-march

Submission deadline: August 27, 2021

LOCATION AND DATE

The workshop IEEE-MARCH will take place during the 4th IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality (IEEE AIVR) that will be held on November 15-17, 2021 in Taichung, Taiwan. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the conference will be either online or hybrid, and the workshop will most likely be fully online.

IEEE-MARCH is a half-day workshop. For more information, please visit the workshop‘s website: https://sites.google.com/view/ieee-aivr2021-march

DESCRIPTION

Digital humans are key aspects of the rapidly evolving areas of virtual reality, augmented reality, virtual production, and gaming. They are becoming more and more commonly used for entertainment, education, health, security, and many other purposes. Modeling and animating digital humans are still challenging tasks that may lead to uncanny results if not properly achieved. Creating crowds and groups of digital humans adds another layer of complexity.

The objective of this Workshop on Modeling and Animating Realistic Crowds and Humans (MARCH) is to present the state of the art and new research perspectives on three key challenges: modeling digital humans, animating them, and creating groups/crowds of autonomous characters. The workshop aims to establish a new platform for the development of virtual-human technology at the intersection of Artificial intelligence (AI) and Virtual reality (VR). We expect that the workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers to develop new techniques, and will lead to new collaboration among the participants.

INVITED SPEAKERS

  • Jehee Lee (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Nuria Pelechano (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)

SCOPE

This workshop invites researchers to submit original, high-quality research papers related to modeling and animation of humans and/or crowds. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling and animation of humanoid characters
  • Expressive character animation (e.g. face, gaze, gestures, …)
  • ML and deep learning algorithms for character animation
  • Avatars in VR/AR
  • Social interaction and groups of virtual humans
  • Navigation for autonomous characters
  • Crowd simulation

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submission deadline: August 27, 2021
  • Notifications: September 17, 2021
  • Camera-ready deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Workshop: November 15-17, 2021 (concrete date TBD)

ORGANIZERS:

  • Zerrin Yumak (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Wouter van Toll (INRIA, France)
  • Funda Durupinar (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
  • Tomer Weiss (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
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