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Distinguished Lecture Series
9/27/2018 11:00 am
CoRE A 301

People, Personality, and Environment

Norman I. Badler, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Host: Dimitris Metaxas

Abstract

Simulating human activities in an urban setting requires a fundamental understanding of what human behaviors are likely, normal, or anomalous in such an environment. While many CG research groups are producing animated crowds of thousands of people, generally the agents are mostly just pedestrians wandering the traversable areas. Over the past decade we have been developing systems for animating more individualized agents. Our recent work addresses the impact of personality type on individual movements and environmental influences on human locomotion behaviors.

Bio

Norman I. Badler is the Rachleff Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his BA in Creative Studies Mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1970, his MSc in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1971, and his PhD in Computer Science also from the University of Toronto in 1975.  His research involves developing algorithms and software to acquire, simulate, animate and control 3D computer graphics human face, gesture, and locomotion behaviors, both individually and for heterogeneous groups.   He is the founding Director of the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, and the ViDi Center for Digital Visualization at Penn.