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Realistic Avatars for the Virtual Zoo

By Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

June 22, 2018

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An international team led by the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Intelligent Systems in Germany has created an algorithm for generating lifelike three-dimensional (3D) avatars of four-legged animals solely from photos.

Using images taken from different angles, the process can calculate realistic models capable of being animated naturally.

"The key is to start with a rough 3D shape model that can explain the shapes of many animals and then refine this based on the observed images," says the institute’s Michael J. Black.

The team developing the new algorithm included researchers from the CNR Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information Technology (IMATI) in Italy, and from the University of California, Berkeley.

"Our algorithm generates realistic models of animals for which no previous 3D models exist," notes IMATI's Silvia Zuffi.

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