263-5806-00L  Computational Models of Motion for Character Animation and Robotics

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersS. Coros, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


263-5806-00 VComputational Models of Motion for Character Animation and Robotics2 hrs
Wed14:00-16:00ER SA TZ »
14:15-16:00HG E 1.2 »
S. Coros, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski
263-5806-00 UComputational Models of Motion for Character Animation and Robotics2 hrs
Thu15:15-17:00ML F 40 »
S. Coros, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski
263-5806-00 AComputational Models of Motion for Character Animation and Robotics1 hrsS. Coros, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski

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AbstractThis course covers fundamentals of physics-based modelling and numerical optimization from the perspective of character animation and robotics applications. The methods discussed in class derive their theoretical underpinnings from applied mathematics, control theory and computational mechanics, and they will be richly illustrated using examples ranging from locomotion controllers and crowd simula
ObjectiveStudents will learn how to represent, model and algorithmically control the behavior of animated characters and real-life robots. The lectures are accompanied by programming assignments (written in C++) and a capstone project.
ContentOptimal control and trajectory optimization; multibody systems; kinematics; forward and inverse dynamics; constrained and unconstrained numerical optimization; mass-spring models for crowd simulation; FEM; compliant systems; sim-to-real; robotic manipulation of elastically-deforming objects.
Prerequisites / NoticeExperience with C++ programming, numerical linear algebra and multivariate calculus. Some background in physics-based modeling, kinematics and dynamics is helpful, but not necessary.

Performance assessment

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ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersS. Coros, M. Bächer, B. Thomaszewski
Typeend-of-semester examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered at the end after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe grade will be determined by:
30% project
40% assignments
30% final written exam (multiple choice)

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