A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

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The Perception of Fouls and Fakers

Wonderful news for football referees and for anyone interested in the perception of human actions: A scientist, Paul Morris, has revealed the secret of the appearance of body movements during faked dives.
From the Portsmouth University website: Principal lecturer Dr Paul Morris has produced a study that he hopes could help referees know when a [...]

‘Seeing Signs’, PhD Defence Jeroen Arendsen, October 19

To those who are interested in gesture or sign language perception or just curious to watch me defend my thesis in the face of furious opposition:
You are invited to attend my PhD Defence, on October 19, in the Aulu of the Delft University of Technology, at 15:00h. There will be a short presentation about the [...]

Classic Robot Entertainment from toytent

Some YouTube user called ´toytent´ has put together a wonderful collection of videos of vintage robot toys. He also added some nice music to the movies and had some fun with backgrounds and scenarios.

My favourites? The clowns, the Kinsman, Fred Flinstone on his dino, and of course the after hour action.

Robot Penguins

Here is a video of ‘robotic aqua penguins’ that is attracting a fair bit of attention. It is made by Festo (both the video and the robot penguins). I think they have made very interesting robots, and I especially like the wonderful sight of the flying robot penguins. However, the suggestion that they resemble actual [...]

Frédéric Landragin Puts-That-There Again

Frédéric Landragin:
Effective and spurious ambiguities due to some co-verbal gestures in multimodal dialogue
Publications here and here
Landragin talks about ‘put-that-there‘, the classic multimodal interface developed by MIT. He also developed a similar application.
He did his PhD in Nancy, but a Dutch Professor of Computational Linguistics, called Henk Zeevat, was one of his promotors. Zeevat is at [...]

Matthieu Aubry and others on Movement Synthesis from France

Matthieu Aubry, Frédéric Julliard & Sylvie Gibet:
Modeling joint synergies to synthesize realistic movements
Daniel Raunhardt (here) & Ronan Boulic (here):
Controlling gesture with time dependent motion synergy constraints
This morning started with two talks from French guys, both of them about movement synthesis. Boht from a computer science perspective. I was late for the [...]

The next Gesture Workshop

There is already an offer from Athens to host the next Gesture Workshop, in 2011, from Eleni Efthimiou.
This is her page at the ILSP / R.C. “Athena”.

The 2010 ISGS conference

There was a good announcements from the ISGS, voiced by secretary Judith Holler.
The 4th conference of the ISGS will take place in Frankfurt an der Oder and Berlin, Germany
Cornelia Mueller, Ellen Fricke, Hedda Lausberg and Katja Liebal are organizing the next ISGS conference in 2010, 20-25th of July.

Ellen Fricke

Ellen Fricke:
Sign or non-sign? Abstraction and concretization in an Uexküll-based model for multimodal interaction
her page
Her talk inspired me to read up on Jakob von Uexküll and biosemiotics.Interesting [...]

Alexis Heloir on Languages to Describe Gestures

Alexis Heloir & Michael Kipp:
Requirements for a gesture specification language
His page
Alexis is an old online acquaintance, see for example this story concerning Vervets that he pointed out to me. He has been working on the synthesis of gesture in a project called Samsara. And he recently finished his PhD at the University of Bretagne Sud [...]

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