A Comprehensive Human Animation Resource Model


CHARM - 9036

Work Area: Foundations of Visualisation and Multi-Modal Interfaces

Keywords human animation resource model, human body modelling, simulation, object-oriented library


Start Date: to be announced / Status: starting

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Abstract This project consists of modelling the 3D human body to obtain a physically based simulation of movements and deformations. We will model bones and soft tissues structures such as muscles, skin, fat and define associated simulation procedures allowing the deformation of the final surface. To facilitate this work we will create the Comprehensive Human Animation Resource Mode, CHARM. CHARM will be accessible to its designers and test users across Europe by means of an electronic network.


Aims

CHARM aims to model a 3D human body in order to obtain a physically based simulation of movements and deformations. We will model bones and soft tissues structures such as muscles, skin and fat, and define associated simulation procedures allowing the deformation of the final surfaces. Starting from the basic layer of the topology of anatomical structures, including the inner fibre orientation of the muscles, the surfaces will be parametrically fitted to medical images to obtain an anatomically validated database. Concurrently, mechanical models of soft tissues deformation and muscle contraction will be based on physiological data. This object-oriented library of models and methods will be complemented by high level control interfaces and rendering tools.

Approach and Methods

CHARM will include both the data description andmethods encapsulated as usable computer programs. The model and methods will provide a resource for researchers in diverse fields to extract applicable information connected with the human body and its function. CHARM will be accessible to users across Europe by means of an electronic network. The most important parts of this project are as follows:

Potential

The final results cab be used in applications requiring a computer-aided tool for visualising the teaching of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. In the exploitation of the results, we want to emphasise the potential use of CHARM for medical applications (based on the cooperation of medical teams) in the areas of robotised operation and rehabilitation, sport education and training, and for the entertainment industry through computer animation.


Coordinator

Universidad Islas Baleares (UIB) - E
Dept. Matematiques y Informatica
Carretera Valldemossa, Km 7.5
E- 07071 PALMA DE MALLORCA

Partners

Universität Karlsruhe - D
Ecole des Mines de Nantes - F
Hôpital St Louis - F
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - CH
University of Geneva - CH
Technical University of Lisbon - P

CONTACT POINT

Prof. Josep Blat
tel +34/71 173243
fax +34/71 173003
e-mail: dmidir@ps.uib.es


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CHARM - 9036, August 1994


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