Talking heads on mobile devices

Abstract: The number and quality of smartphones on the market has dramatically raised lately. Researchers and developers are, thus, more and more pushed to bring algorithms and techniques from desktop environments to mobile platforms. One of the biggest constraints in mobile applications is the fine control of computing power and the relative power consumption. Although smartphones’ manufactures are offering better computing performance and longer battery life, the mobile architecture is not always powerful enough. Furthermore, nowadays, the touchless interaction (e.g., the usage of voice commands) on mobile devices is particularly attractive. The device can also possibly answer to our questions (e.g., Siri-Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface, which according to Apple is “the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking”). The use of talking avatars can improve the quality of the interaction and make it more useful and pleasant. Since avatars are static models, but the interaction requires dynamics, it is almost obliged to introduce avatars’ animations.

Authors: F. Sorrentino, R. Scateni.
Talking heads on mobile devices.
FAA ACM Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation.
Vienna, Austria, Settembre 2012.

Shape Reconstruction from Raw Point Clouds using Depth Carving

Abstract: Shape reconstruction from raw point sets is a hot research topic. Point sets are increasingly available as primary input source, since low-cost acquisition methods are largely accessible nowadays, and these sets are more noisy than used to be. Standard reconstruction methods rely on normals or signed distance functions, and thus many methods aim at estimating these features. Human vision can however easily discern between the inside and the outside of a dense cloud even without the support of fancy measures. We propose, here, a perceptual method for estimating an indicator function for the shape, inspired from image-based methods. The resulting function nicely approximates the shape, is robust to noise, and can be used for direct isosurface extraction or as an input for other accurate reconstruction methods.

Authors: F. Guggeri, R. Scateni, R. Pajarola.
Shape Reconstruction from Raw Point Clouds using Depth Carving.
EuroGraphics Conference 2012 (short presentations), 33-36.
Cagliari, Italia, Maggio 2012.