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Dorien Vandebelt
04-30-1998, 09:23 PM
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From: A.Stoddart@ee.surrey.ac.uk (Andrew Stoddart)
Reply-To: A.Stoddart@ee.surrey.ac.uk
Subject: PhD studentship, Human Motion Capture & Synthesis, U. Surrey
Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 11:53:40 +0100

University of Surrey

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing
Department of Dance Studies

1 x Ph.D. Studentship

Synthesising Human Motion for Virtual Performance
A. J. Stoddart, J. Lansdale, J. Illingworth


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on a three year EPSRC
funded research project. The project will be conducted in the 3D Vision
Group of the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) in
collaboration with the Department of Dance Studies. The Centre is one of
the largest and best equipped vision groups in the UK and is within a top
rated Department of EE & IT. The Department of Dance Studies is unusual
among arts departments in its research in multi-media dance technologies.
It has several research projects running in this field. For
further information
see www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/A.Stoddart/jobs.html


Virtual environments and animated films need human inhabitants that
exhibit natural looking complex motion. Traditional keyframe animation
requires considerable effort and skill to obtain complex motion. An
alternative is motion capture using marker based motion capture systems.
This motion is incredibly lifelike but each distinct motion must be
captured as required, as it is difficult to edit.

The goals of the project are to develop techniques for the synthesis of
human motion in the context of dance animation and computer games.The
project will involve the use of motion capture data and will develop
methods to edit, analyse and resynthesise this data.

The research will be carried out in collaboration with Oxford Metrics, a
leading supplier of motion capture systems worldwide.

For an overview of the subject see the cover article in the March
1998 Scientific American.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in computer
graphics, machine vision, computational geometry, human biomechanics
and C/C++/Java. An interest in the performing arts is an advantage.


Candidates should hold or expect to obtain a first or upper second class
degree in a numerate discipline. The award is available only to candidates
from the EU.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. Andrew Stoddart by telephone
01483-300800x3012 or email a.stoddart@ee.surrey.ac.uk. Applications in the
form of a CV and covering letter and the names and addresses of two
referees should be sent to Dr Andrew Stoddart, CVSSP, University of
Surrey, Guildford, GU25XH by 29th May 1998.

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Dr Andrew J. Stoddart, Electrical Engineering, University of Surrey,
Guildford, GU2 5XH, England.
Email: a.stoddart@ee.surrey.ac.uk. Office number 16bAB22.
Home:(+44)181 399 1769, Work:(+44)1483 300800x3012, Fax:(+44)1483 259554
World Wide Web: http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/showstaff?A.Stoddart
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