I am a senior researcher at the Institute for Creative Technologies (University
of Southern California) where I manage the Computer Animation Lab.
pighin (at) ict (dot) usc (dot) edu
Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
4640 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
My goal is to develop techniques to synthesize photo-real virtual actors.
I am interested both in the representations for rendering and animating
synthetic actors and to develop tools for digital artists to create believable
Given the difficulties of modeling the human body in a physically correct
way, we are trying to resynthesize human appearance by using sampled geometry,
motion, and reflectance acquired with passive and active sensors. Instrumental
in this research is a set of state of the art capture devices: the light
stage (facial reflectance), range scanners (facial geometry) and a full-body
motion capture system.
This research greatly benefits from a collaboration with the USC school
of Cinema and Television and generous software donations from House
of Moves and Vicon Motion Systems.
Current Projects (ICT)
Previous Projects (University of Washington and MSR)