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BUNRAKU Research team

Perception, decision and action of real and virtual humans in virtual environments and impact on real environments

  • Leader : Georges Dumont
  • Research center(s) : CRI Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique
  • Field : Perception, Cognition, Interaction
  • Theme : Interaction and Visualization
  • Partner(s) : Université Rennes 1,Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan,CNRS,Institut national des sciences appliquées de Rennes

Team presentation

This new research team inherits the long experience made by the SIAMES project conducted by Bruno Arnaldi over the last twelve years. The main objective of the BUNRAKU team is to develop cross fertilization of researches in the fields of virtual reality and virtual human. Our challenge is to allow real and virtual humans to naturally interact in a shared virtual environment. One of the main objectives of BUNRAKU concerns the concurrent management of different natures of interaction. First of all, the user interaction with objects of the world should be both physical and cognitive: body and brain should be both part of the interaction by the concurrent use of gestures, haptic, gaze, and speech. To allow this multimodal interaction with objects within the world, we will have to develop a generic multilevel model of the objects of the world, and corresponding multimodal rendering (visual, haptic, audio, cognitive) and acting (language, gesture, mind).

Research themes

The three complementary research themes are:
  • Multimodal Interaction with objects within the world;
  • Expressive Autonomous Characters;
  • Interactive Scenario Languages.

International and industrial relations

Since January 2004, the Computer Graphics Group of UCF and our group started a collaborative research work in the official framework of an associate team. This collaboration is on the fields of high fidelity rendering and mixed reality, and has already led to several papers, co-signed by the two groups, see the site of RTR2A for further details. We are a member of the core group of the INTUITION (Virtual Reality and Virtual Environments Applications for Future Workspaces) FP6 network of excellence, and the leader of two work packages and of one working group on Haptic Interaction. We are leading or participating to several national projects with academic and industrial partners, within the different ANR (French National Science Foundation) collaborative programs and within the competitiveness clusters. We have also a long term partnership with industrial partners such as France Telecom R&D, GIAT Industries and SNCF.

Keywords: Virtual Reality Virtual Humans