iVizLab research lab - Simon Fraser University - Dir: Steve DiPaola
Our Focus — Computer Modelling Human Expression/Cognition/Creativity
iVizLab is focused on AI based computational models of human characteristics such as expression, emotion, behavior, empathy and creativity; including computer graphics based facial/character systems and AI based cognitive modelling systems.
This “Expression Based Interactive or Intelligent Visualization Lab” is grounded in the engineering of AI techniques, computer graphics, data visualization and user interfaces but also strives to encompass work from the areas of cognitive science, neuroscience, and the arts with the aim of creating more socially engaging systems that enhance communication, collaboration and learning.
iVizlab is- “An interdisciplinary research lab that strives to make computational systems bend more to the human experience by incorporating biological, cognitive and behavioral knowledge models.” -Dr. Steve DiPaola
Our affective real-time 3D AI virtual human project with face emotion recognition, movement recognition and full AI talking, gesture and reasoning.
Our lab has extensive experience in using different sensing technology including eye tracking and facial emotion recognition (DiPaola et al 2013), as well as gesture tracking and heart rate and EDA bio sensing (Song & DiPaola, 2015) to affect generative computer graphics systems.
Using Cognitive Science as a basis for our work, we attempt to model aspects of human creativity in AI. Specially we are using Neural Networks (and evolutionary systems) in the form of Deep Learning, CNNs, RNNs and other modern techniques to model aspects of human expression and creativity.
What is abstraction? Can you use AI techniques to model the semantics of an idea, object, or entity, where that understanding allows for abstraction of the meaning? We use several AI techniques including genetic programming, Neural Nets and Deep Learning to explore abstraction in its many forms. Mainly here in the visual and narrative arts.
Actual screen shot from our Virtual Beluga Interactive Prototype which shows realistically swimming Beluga in a wild grouping (pod) created via 3d real-time graphics and artificial intelligence systems.