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Algorithm 2022

Feb. 10 - 12

Dallas

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Speaker: Fabio Zinno

Fabio Zinno

Fabio Zinno

Research Lead, Electronic Arts Canada

Fabio started his career in game development at Milestone in Milan, before moving to Electronic Arts Canada. At EA, he’s a specialidt in character animation and physics, and is devoted to advancing the field to bring realistic and compelling characters to life.

 

Currently Fabio leads a research group focused on using machine learning for character animation and animation content creation.

Talk: Character Animation in video-games: past, present and future

Modern video games have reached remarkable levels of complexity, with photo-realistic environments and characters. Yet, while these virtual worlds look almost real in static images, the illusion falls apart quickly when characters move inside them.

 

Character animation technology in the videogame industry has been relying on now ageing techniques, despite advancements in academia, due to the inherent difficulty of balancing visual quality and gameplay responsiveness.

 

This situation has been challenged by the advent of Motion Matching, which has also paved the way for a plethora of new Machine Learning based techniques.

In this talk I’d like to guide you through a brief history of character animation in games, leading to a birds-eye view of the state of the art in character animation.

 

I will highlight advantages and short-comings of current and future approaches, and talk about the challenges of integrating these new technologies in modern game development.

 

Key takeaways: Attendees will get a high-level understanding of how character animations are brought to life in video-games, and a peek into what the future could look like.

Oleksandr Bornyakov

Oleksandr Bornyakov

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Transformation, Ukraine

Robert Marks

Prof Robert Marks

Director, Walter Bradley Center for Natural & AI

Omar Syed

Omar Syed

Blockchain/DLT Architect, Shardus

Michael Kanaan

Captain Michael Kanaan

Director of Operations, US Air Force

Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr

Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr

Editor-in-Chief, Cointelegraph

Stephen Thaler

Stephen Thaler, PhD

President/CEO, Imagination Engines, Inc.

Prof Ryan Abbott

Prof Ryan Abbott

Professor of Law and Health Sciences, Univ. of Surrey

Anastasia Marchenkova

Anastasia Marchenkova

Quantum Researcher, Bleximo

Igor Jablokov

Igor Jablokov

CEO, Pryon, Inc.

Shreyansh Daftry

Shreyansh Daftry

Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Fabio Zinno

Fabio Zinno

Research Lead, Electronic Arts Canada

Kobi Eisenkraft

Kobi Eisenkraft

Malware Analyst, Check Point

Travis Cannell

Travis Cannell

Head of Product, Orchid

Rishabh Misra

Rishabh Misra

Machine Learning Engineer, Twitter

Karl Weinmeister

Karl Weinmeister

Cloud AI Advocacy Manager, Google

Joel Lehman

Joel Lehman, PhD

Scientist, OpenAI

Paul McLachlan

Paul McLachlan, PhD

AI Research Lead, Ericsson Research

Ramin Keene

Ramin Keene

Founder, Fuzzbox.io

Jigyasa Grover

Jigyasa Grover

Machine Learning Engineer, Twitter

Tiffany Xingyu Wang

Tiffany Xingyu Wang

VP/Chief Strategy Officer, Spectrum Labs

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