Workshop Program

VHCIE is scheduled on March 19th, 2018.

  • 1:30-1:35pm: Introduction

  • 1:35-2:15pm: Invited Speaker: Yiorgos L. Chrysanthou:  Data-driven crowds
Abstract: Virtual environments are increasingly present in our lives, with a large number of potential applications. An indispensable component in many of these applications are virtual humans and crowds. From entertainment through to training and simulation virtual characters provide important context and significantly improve the plausibility of the environment. Scripting the behavior and animation of the characters can be a challenging task. In this presentation we will look at different data-driven character simulation techniques and how they have evolved over the recent years, focusing mostly on our own work in the area. 

Short Bio: Yiorgos L. Chrysanthou is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus where he is heading the Graphics and Hypermedia lab. He is also the Research Director of the newly established Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and emerging Technologies (RISE). Yiorgos published over 75 papers in journals and international conferences on computer graphics and virtual reality, as well as a number of books, edited volumes and special issues. Yiorgos serves as an associate editor for the Journals Computer Graphics Forum and Computers and Graphics, and review editor for Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Specialty Section Virtual Environments). He served as the local or overall coordinator of over 25 research projects, related to 3D graphics, virtual reality and applications and as organising or program Chair for several conferences.

  • 2:15-2:30pm: Martin Breidt, Heinrich Bulthoff, Reuben Fleming, Betty Mohler: Stylization of Virtual Humans

  • 2:30-2:45pm:  Jonathan Wendt, Benjamin Weyers, Andrea Bönsch, Jonas Stienen, Tom Vierjahn, Michael Vorländer, Torsten W. Kuhlen: Does the Directivity of a Virtual Agent’s Speech Influence the Perceived Social Presence? 

  • 2:45-3:00pm: Andrea Bönsch, Sina Radke, Jonathan Wendt, Tom Vierjahn, Ute Habel, Torsten Kuhlen: Towards Understanding the Influence of a Virtual Agent’s Emotional Expression on Personal Space

  • 3:00-3:30pm: Coffee break

  • 3:30-3:45pm: Georgios Kyrlitsias, Amyr Borges Fortes Neto, Panayiotis Charalambous, Marios Avraamides, Yiorgos Chrysanthou: Virtual Environment Navigation Assisted by Neural Networks

  • 3:45-4:05pm: Alejandro Rios, Daniel Mateu, Nuria Pelechano: Follower Behavior in a Virtual Environment 

  • 4:05-4:20pm: Florian Berton, Ludovic Hoyet, Anne-Hélène Olivier, Julien Pettré: Gaze Behaviour During Collision Avoidance Between Walkers: A Preliminary Study to Design an Experimental Platform 

  • Closing remarks