Christopher Peters 2016


COMPUTER GAME TECHNOLOGIES * VIRTUAL REALITY * VIRTUAL CHARACTERS AND CROWDS * URBAN PERCEPTION The images above are from student projects that I’ve supervised in courses I teach or am affiliated with, including DD1354, DH2323, DT2350,  DD1392 MVK, SA104X, DD2463 (Advanced Individual Course), DD3336 and Exjobb (Master thesis).  I have a large variety of projects available to all levels and backgrounds of students at KTH. They relate to the areas of real-time computer  graphics and animation, computer game technologies, perceptual computing and procedural generation. Applications range from architecture  and urban modelling (using VR technologies such as the Oculus Rift, VIVE), to pedestrian behaviour and interaction with full-sized virtual  humanoids using devices such as the Kinect and Leap Motion. Some project ideas are below. Note that many of these project areas include  the opportunity to collaborate with research groups both within and outside KTH. You may obtain a further idea of the types of project areas  that I typically supervise from the blogs here, here and here.  PROJECT IDEAS Here are some examples of general project areas/ideas (with links to further references):  1) Scheduling algorithm for simulating the routines of autonomous pedestrians in a virtual KTH campus [1], [2].  2) Emotion recognition and mirroring game using virtual characters' facial expressions and body motions for learning scenarios  between robots, agents and children [1].  3) Inverse procedural generation techniques for the automatic generation of stylised virtual urban environments [1], [2], [3].  4) Machine learning and data-driven approaches from mobile robotics applied to the simulation of small groups of virtual agents [1], [2].  5) A (crowd-sourcing) tool using computer game technologies to investigate the perception of urban environments with a view to  enhancing human well-being [1], [2].  6) Automatic variation of the graphical appearance of virtual characters for rendering plausible looking crowd scenarios using limited  numbers of models [1], [2].  Feel free, of course, to contact me with a suggestion for your own topic. Note that, since I am already supervising a large number of projects,  ideas fitting in some way into the themes on this page are more likely to be accepted. The themes and projects I propose are also guaranteed  to be scientifically and commercially significant and, if desired, lead to publishable material. 
Christopher Peters Associate Professor (Docent) Computational Science and Technology Department (CST) School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC) KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
Real-time gaze-based interaction with virtual agents in the Unity game  engine. The pink dot that can be seen moving in the video above is  the gaze position of the user. It is used to drive the behviours of virtual  characters in the environment and to alter the volume of the audio  from objects that are being attended to.  High density crowds via fluid simulation Richard Ristic and Johan Berglund (SA104X)  
Real-time procedural urban walk-through in the Unity game engine.  The purpose of this application is for experiments relating to urban  perception and well being. Some of the parameters that can be altered  prcoedurally include buildings hieght, the amount of greenery in the  scene and the foot path (sidewalk) width. Obscurus Daniel Nyberg (DD3336)
GALLERY Gaze-based interaction with virtual agents Group Bismarck  (MVK14, Client: Tobii Technology)
Procedurally generated urban walk-through Group Heden’s Angels  (MVK15, Client: Karolinska Institute)
High density crowd simulation in the Unity game engine, described in this blog. The algorithm is based on a unilaterally incompressible fluid simulation. The crowd rerndering aspects of the project are based on two previous student projects from the DH2323 and DH2320 courses.
Miguel Ramos Carretero, Adam Qureshi, Christopher Peters, “Evaluating the perception of group emotion from full body movements in the context of virtual crowds”. ACM Symposium on Applied Perception 2014, pp. 7-14
MASTER THESES Real-time Depth Sorting of Transparent Fragments, AXEL LEWENHAUPT, expected 2016 (in collaboration with Fatshark AB) Unified Volumetric Lighting with Clustered Shading, PHILIP SKOLD, expected 2016 (in collaboration with Fatshark AB) The Effect of Facial Expressions Valence on the Perception of Expressed Body Motions, ROBIN PALMBERG, 2016 Perception of Trustworthiness and Valence of Emotional Expressions in Virtual Characters, NIKLAS BLOMQVIST, 2016 Investigating Urban Perception Using Procedural Street Generation and Virtual Reality, OSCAR FRIBERG, 2016 Concealing Rendering Simplifications Using Gaze Contingent Depth of Field, TIM LINDEBERG, 2016 (in collaboration with Tobii AB) An Evaluation of Interactors' Gaze-to-Object Mapping Performance in 3D Virtual Environments, MARTIN SCHON, 2016 (in collaboration with Tobii AB) Collision Detection Between Dynamic Objects and Static Displacement Mapped Surfaces in Computer Games, FANGKAI YANG, 2015 (in collaboration with Avalanche Studios) Volumetric Terrain Generation on the GPU: A Modern GPGPU Approach to Marching Cubes, LUDWIG PETHRUS ENGSTROM, 2015 Expression of Emotion in Virtual Crowds: Investigating Emotion Contagion and Perception of Emotional Behaviour in Crowd Simulation, MIGUEL RAMOS CARRETERO, 2014
Evaluating the perception of group emotion Presented at ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, Vancouver, Canada, 2014 Miguel Ramos Carretero et al. (as part of Master thesis)
Obscurus is an immersive game experience created by Daniel Nyberg  using the Bitsquid game engine and uses the Oculus Rift virtual reality  helmet. Daniel subsequently entered and won the prestigious  CAwards! More about the development of Obscurus in his blog, here. 
This study probes human sensitivities to the emotional expressions of a task irrelevant background crowd on the perception of emotion from a task relevant foreground group based on their full body motions.
PROJECTS: ENGINEERING PHYSICS Planning Efficient Bipedal Agent Locomotion, ARON GRANBERG, in progress Group Simulation of Three Agents using Unity3D, VINCENT WONG and MAX TURPEINEN, 2016   Simulating Group Formations using RVO, MARTIN FUNKQVIST and STAFFAN SANDBERG, 2016   High-density Real-time Virtual Crowds via Unilaterally Incompressible Fluid Simulation, RICHARD RISTIC and JOHAN BERGLUND, 2015