Ali Arya

Ali Arya started as the first iVizLab postdoc coming to us from UBC engineering. While with us for 2 years, he is now a professor at Carleton University and still collaborates with the iVizLab.


Position: Assistant Prof, Carleton U


faceToolKit - A 3D Facial ToolKit

Our long range research project is a visual development system for exploring face space, both in terms of facial types and animated expressions. This development toolkit is based on a hierarchical parametric approach. This approach gives us an additive language of hierarchical expressions, emotions and lip-sync sequences.

iFACE - Comprehensive Envir for Interactive Face Anim

Rapid of growth of visual communication systems, from video phones to virtual agents in games and web services, has a brought a new generation of multimedia systems that we refer to as face-centric. Such systems are mainly concerned with multimedia representation of facial activities.


Can you extract the emotional aspects of a piece of music to animate a face. Music-driven Emotionally Expressive Face (MusicFace) is a early stage project that creates “facial choreography” driven by musical input. In addition to its artistic uses, MusicFace can be used for creating visual effects in movies and animations, and also realistic characters in computer games and virtual worlds.

GenFace - Exploring FaceSpace with Genetic Algorithms

Imagine an -dimensional space describing every conceivable humanoid face, where each dimension represents a different facial characteristic. Within this continuous space, it would be possible to traverse a path from any face to any other face, morphing through locally similar faces along that path. We will describe and demonstrate a development system we have created to explore what it means to ‘surf’through face space. We will present our investigation of the relationships between facial types and how this understanding can be used to create new communication and expression systems.


Perceptual Validity in Animation of Human Motion
Journal Article: Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds Journal, March 2016
27(1), 58-71. doi: 10.1002/cav.1631

A. Etemad, A. Arya, A. Parush, S. DiPaola

Wiley Online Library

Expressive Animated Character Sequences Using Knowledge-based Painterly Rendering
Journal Article: International Journal of Computer Games Technology, International Journal of Computer Games Technology, 2011
Vol. 2011, Article ID 164949, 7 pages

H. Seifi, S. DiPaola, A. Arya

Perceptually Valid Facial Expressions for Character-based Applications
Journal Article: International Journal of Computer Games Technology, 2009
Vol 2009, Article ID 462315, pp 1-13

A. Arya, S. DiPaola, A. Parush

A Methodology for Incorporating Personality Modeling in Believable Game Characters
Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Games Research and Development (CyberGames), 2008
8 pages

V. Zammitto, S. DiPaola, A. Arya

Beijing, China

Face Modeling and Animation Language for MPEG-4 XMT Framework
Journal Article: IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 2007
Vol 9, No 6, pp 1137-1146

A. Arya, S. DiPaola


A Framework for Socially Communicative Faces in Games and Interactive Applications
Conference Proceedings: Conference on Future Play '07, 2007
pp 129-136

S. DiPaola, A. Arya

Toronto, Canada


Multi-Space Behavioural Model for Face-based Affective Social Agents
Journal Article: Journal of Image and Video Processing, Special Issue on Facial Image Processing, 2007
Vol. 2007, Article ID 48757, pp 1-12

A. Arya, S. DiPaola

Socially communicative characters for interactive applications
Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision (WSCG-2006), January 30 - February 3 2006
8 pages

A. Arya, S. DiPaola, L. Jefferies, J. Enns

Czech Republic

Facial actions as visual cues for personality
Journal Article: Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds (CAVW) Journal, 2006
Vol 17, No 3-4 , pp 371-382

A. Arya, J. Enns, L. Jefferies, S. DiPaola


Emotional Remapping of Music to Facial Animation
Conference Proceedings: Emotional Remapping of Music to Facial Animation, Sandbox '06, 2006
pp. 143-149

S. DiPaola, A. Arya

Boston, USA


Socially expressive communication agents: A face-centric approach
Conference Proceedings: European Conference on Electronic Imaging and the Visual Arts, 2005
6 pages

S. DiPaola, A. Arya

Simulating Face to Face Collaboration for Interactive Learning Systems
Conference Proceedings: E-Learn 2005, 2005
6 pages

S. DiPaola, A. Arya, J. Chan

Vancouver, Canada

Affective Communication Remapping in MusicFace System
Conference Proceedings: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, July 26-31 2004

S. DiPaola, A. Arya

London, UK

Face as a Multimedia Object
Conference Proceedings: 5th Intl Workshop on Image Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services, April 21-23 2004
5 pages

A. Arya, S. DiPaola

Lisbon, Portugal