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SXSW 2021

Avatars for Virtual Reality

Creating realistic digital humans has become a center piece for the take-off VR and AI. Current VR worlds are widely underpopulated, and that prevents us from realizing the true potential of this technology. Humans are not only basic for a social metaverse but can also alter our own behavior and perceptual experience when representing users. There are many challenges related to this work that include advancements on avatar creation, accessibility, the use of look-alike avatars, overcoming the uncanny valley, tracking and sensing systems as well as real-time or procedural animation and finally achieving natural interaction and engagement in applications. This special session will invite key players in the field to discuss how to democratize avatars.

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  1. Overview of the latest advancements in avatars, from creation to usage.
  2. Overview and future of work using avatars at the edge of perception, and social psychology.
  3. Future of authoring tools, interaction and automation of avatars. We will be talking about libraries, authoring, rigging, animation tools, simulation



Mar Gonzalez Franco, Researcher, Microsoft

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  • Tags: XR
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Challenging Tech’s Path Forward
  • Level: Intermediate
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