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March 10th through March 16th

March 17, 2014

The end of spring quarter! Finals are upon us this coming week, projects are due, and spring break is soon to come. Hopefully it will warm up a little and the snow will finally end, but we shall see…

This week, I needed to work on basic 1.5 – 2.0 second animations featuring Paula shifting from a neutral expression, to either surprise/yes or no/pah expression. I managed to create some basic first drafts, but the results were embarrassing; I have much work to do. I will post again once I have completed more satisfactory work. Thankfully, Dr. Wolfe supplied me with a chunk of better reference videos, and now that our ELAN corpus is nearly spotless, I can search that for great examples!

At our meeting, we discussed the importance of a realistic head turn, and a new script controller to work with in 3DS Max to test the dimensions of a good turn. Other members of the team and I will be testing it sporadically and report our results to Dr. Wolfe and Dr. McDonald as important research toward attaining natural movement.

The other section of our meeting concerned Dr. Schnepp discussing SignQuote and editing the test, important for any of us if we need to work on our upcoming survey to gauge the quality and effectiveness of our avatar. Great things are coming up in 2014!

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