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The Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper science section picked up our body visualizer web app and sent visits through the roof.  Clearly post Christmas angst about having eaten too much.
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Es gibt so gut wie nichts, was es nicht gibt im Netz der Netze: Geniales, Interessantes, Nützliches und herrlich Überflüssiges. Diesmal: Eine Visualisierung der menschlichen Proportionen.
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Body Labs CEO Bill O’Farrell on the company, its partnership with the U.S. Army and how it uses 3D technology to improve body armor for female soldiers.
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Here is Wired's take on Body Labs.
http://www.wired.com/2014/11/body-labs/
Body Labs makes 3D avatars that could jumpstart the custom product revolution.
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Body Labs in the news (in German)
http://m.heute.de/ZDF/zdfportal/xml/object/35383980
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Die perfekte Jeans finden, ohne eine Umkleide-Kabine zu betreten - ein US-Start-up will das mit 3D-Modellen von Körpern ermöglichen. Die könnten in Zukunft nicht nur das Online-Shopping erleichtern, sondern auch Grundlage für Computerspiel-Helden werden. Die Vermessung im Selbstversuch.
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Our new Siggraph Asia paper addresses a common problem; that mocap results in unnatural animations.

Mocap systems output skeletons, throwing away all the soft tissue motions of real humans. The result is a lifeless animation.

In contrast, MoSh estimates body shape, pose and soft tissue deformations directly from sparse markers. MoSh turns a mocap system into a body scanner. Animation is driven directly by the markers, preserving subtle nuance.

MoSh captures soft tissue motions without large marker sets. Soft tissue motions make animations more realistic. These can be amplified or attenuated and even retargeted to new characters.

MoSh is automatic, does not need a body scan and can work with any marker set.
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This is great Michael!
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The MPI for Intelligent Systems gets a new member.
Athena got an economy ticket but still enjoyed special treatment, including a cut to the front of the ticket line in the first-class lane.
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Digital doppelgangers, oh my!
Scan your body and Body Labs will create a 3D model that you can pose and animate. The potential applications for your digital self are endless and businesses are taking a look.
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Body Labs funding announcement and other information.
The technology could have important applications in fashion design.
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Announcing OpenDR, an approximate differentiable renderer. We take "vision as inverse graphics" literally.

OpenDR is an open-source Python-based toolkit for concisely rendering and optimizing graphics models to match image or depth evidence in a differentiable manner. 

Everything you need is here: http://open-dr.org/

For details, see the paper:

OpenDR: An Approximate Differentiable Renderer
Loper, M.M. and Black, M.J.
ECCV 2014.
pdf: http://files.is.tue.mpg.de/black/papers/OpenDR.pdf

If you are at ECCV, come to poster 19 on Thursday,1400–1645, Session 4B, Gartensaal.
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Oh ... I thought that was implicit in inverse graphics ;-)
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Max Planck Director
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  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
    Director, present
  • Brown University
    Adjunct Professor (Research), 2012
  • Stanford University
    Visiting Professor, 2012
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Michael Black received his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia (1985), his M.S. from Stanford (1989), and his Ph.D.  from Yale University (1992).  After post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto, he worked at Xerox PARC as a member of research staff and an area manager.  From 2000 to 2010 he was on the faculty of Brown University in the Department of Computer Science (Assoc. Prof. 2000-2004, Prof. 2004-2010).  He is presently one of the founding directors at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, where he leads the Perceiving Systems department.  He is also an Adjunct Professor (Research) in Computer Science at Brown University and a Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.  His work has won several awards including the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Paper Award (1991), Honorable Mention for the Marr Prize (1999 and 2005), and the 2010 Koenderink Prize for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Vision.

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  • University of British Columbia
    1980 - 1985
  • Stanford University
    1986 - 1989
  • Yale University
    1989 - 1992
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