ARO Grant Awarded
Our lab has been awarded a new research grant from the Army Research Office to work on the project
"Algorithms for Visualization and Simulation of Optimal Navigation".
Two CITRIS Grants Awarded
"Robots that Capture Emotion", with Anca Dragan (UCB, PI) and Lisa Wymore (UCB).
"Bodie Digital Community - Connect with your Past", with Nicola Lercari (UCM, PI) and Arnav Jahla (UCSC).
Read below about our recent collaboration with Disney Research:
"Virtual game characters can leap, roll and climb so realistically that simply watching them could
seemingly exhaust a player. Generating the precise instructions that govern such characters in
increasingly complex environments is also quite labor intensive and..."
TOG Paper Presented at SIGGRAPH 2014
Dynamic and Robust Local Clearance Triangulations
has been accepted at TOG and will be presented at this SIGGRAPH in Vancouver.
The approach is the one integrated in EA's The Sims 4!
An article at the California Healthline featuring our physical therapy projects can be seen
New NSF Funding Award!
We have been awarded a 3-year award from the National Science Foundation to support our projects on motion synthesis and rehabilitation.
More information can be seen
A nice story featuring our physical therapy project in collaboration
with the UC Davis Medical Center can be seen
The webpage of
is online -
paper submission deadline is July 6 !
Best Paper Award at MIG
Feature-Based Locomotion with Inverse Branch Kinematics
won best paper award at MIG 2011!
An article about Robert Backman's work can be seen here
Our Physical Therapy Project in the News
From Fresno Bee (front page, Oct 25)
as well as
and Merced Sun-Star:
"UC Merced received a $75,000 grant through the UC system for five graduate students to begin creating a software program this year that uses avatars to provide physical therapy to the elderly."
Video Showcasing our HCC NSF Project
UC Merced has produced a nice video that is now airing on KVIE in Sacramento and is available online
CAIS Webpage is Online
The webpage of the recently approved
Center for Autonomous and Interactive Systems
is now online.
It also shows some images of the early stages of the powerwall facility
New Accepted Papers at SCA, ICRA and IVA
Project pages are now available for the following projects:
Shortest Paths with Arbitrary Clearance from Navigation Meshes
- SCA 2010
A Skill-Based Motion Planning Framework for Humanoids
- ICRA 2010
Interactive Motion Modeling and Parameterization by Direct Demonstration
- IVA 2010
New Paper Accepted at TOG
Underwater Cloth Simulation with Fractional Derivatives
has been accepted at TOG and will be presented at this SIGGRAPH in LA.
New NSF Award Received for Research on Gestures
Project description here:
See also the Merced Sun Star story
New NSF Award Received for Robotic Equipment
"A team of five investigators in computer science and cognitive science
at UC Merced are now ordering the equipment - a humanoid robot that
will run on its own, as well as advanced, three-fingered robotic arms
that they will connect with a torso and head to be built on by
UC Merced graduate students. The NSF funds will also be used for
state-of-the art motion capture cameras, which will allow mapping
motions from people to the robots. The team expects the equipment
to arrive around the beginning of 2009."
Motion Planning and Autonomy for Virtual Humans at SIGGRAPH 2008
The class Motion Planning and Autonomy for Virtual Humans
has been accepted at SIGGRAPH 2008.
Organizers: Julien Pettré, Marcelo Kallmann, Ming Lin.
Lecturers: Julien Pettré, Marcelo Kallmann, Ming Lin, James Kuffner, Michael Gleicher, Claudia Esteves,
and Jean-Paul Laumond. For more information check the
Cognitive Animation Workshop
The workshop finally took place June 4-5.
For more information and for
presentation materials, visit the Cog Anim page
Best Paper Nomination at AAMAS 2008
"SmartBody: Behavior Realization for Embodied Conversational Agents" by
Marcus Thiebaux, Andrew Marshall, Stacy Marsella and Marcelo Kallmann is
one of three papers nominated for
best paper at AAMAS 2008
This work is being develloped in collaboration with the
USC-ICT Virtual Humans
Motion Capture Lab
We have just installed mocap cameras as part of the Cognitive Sensorium and Visualization
Media Coverage: CITRIS Award
"Professors Stefano Carpin and Marcelo Kallman
recently received $75,000 in funding from the California Institute for
Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) for their
project, Robotic and Virtual Assistive Agents for Establishing the
Center on Autonomous and Interactive Systems, at UC Merced."
Sep 21, 2007
Media Coverage: Merced Sun-Star's Front Page
Our plans for the Cognitive Sensorium and Visualization facility appeared
at the Merced Sun-Star's Front Page
"UC Merced engineering professor Marcelo Kallmann, left, stands by as
computer science graduate student Mentar Mahmudi, right, fits his
colleague, Oktar Ozgen, with a new motion-capturing exoskeleton
Thursday afternoon at the university"
Apr 19, 2007
Software Web Page On-Line
The software page is finally on-line and the source code of
our graphsim toolkit is now available for noncommercial use.
More information in the
Jan 8, 2007
Graphics Lab Web Page On-Line
The preliminary web pages of the Graphics Lab are finally on-line and
running from our graphics server. The address is:
graphics.ucmerced.edu. We are probably the
Graphics Lab closest to the Yosemite National Park!
Jan 2, 2007
Media Coverage: Our Work Appears at Merced Sun-Star's Front Page
Merced Sun-Star published a story about our work entitled
"giving robots human qualities".
Pieces of the same story have appeared in several other places.
Here is a
We also have a scan of the
newspaper front and back page
Dec 13, 2006
Paper Accepted at I3D
Ari Shapiro, Marcelo Kallmann, and Petros Faloutsos
have a paper accepted at I3D
showing how arm motions can be planned in synchronization with locomotion.
Check out the cool video available
Sep 12, 2006
Media Coverage: Building Strength in Computer Science
UC Merced newsletter features some of our work in
an article available