Introduction


General Info

Starting date: 01 June 2012
Duration: 30 months
Hosting Organisation: Graphics and Virtual Reality Lab, Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus
Participants: Dr. Andreas Aristidou (Young Researcher),
Dr. Yiorgos Chrysanthou (Project Coordinator),
Mrs Anna Charalambous (Choreographer and Dancer)
Funded: This project (DIDAKTOR/0311/73) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation


People

Dr. Andreas Aristidou

Dr. Andreas Aristidou is a post-doc researcher associated with the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus and an affiliated researcher at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. Andreas has been awarded the ΔΙΔΑΚΤΩΡ fellowship, by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, to establish research in motion analysis and classification. He has been also awarded the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG) Visiting Scientist Program (VSP) scholarship to visit PhaseSpace Inc. offices in San Diego, CA, USA, in order to be trained in the new PhaseSpace mocap systems and gain experiences in relative subjects; he continues to collaborate with PhaseSpace Inc., a leading company that offers motion capture solutions for motion tracking and positioning, and he establishes his own motion capture laboratory at the Graphics and Virtual Reality Lab, University of Cyprus. Andreas has participated in a number of EU funded projects, including the SIM.POL.VR (Virtual Reality Police Simulator) (at the University of Cyprus). In addition, he collaborates with Unity 3d for the design of computer games, incorporating human-like Inverse Kinematic constraints.

He had been a Cambridge European Trust fellow, at the Signal Processing and Communications Laboratory Information Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Joan Lasenby. Andreas has a BSc in Informatics and Telecommunications from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2005) and he is an honour graduate of Kings College London (2006), where he obtained his MSc degree in Mobile and Personal Communications.

His main interests are focused on 3D Motion Analysis and classification, human animation and involves Optical Motion Capture, Real Time Marker prediction and CoR estimation, Inverse Kinematics, filtering and Applications of Geometric Algebra in Engineering.


Dr. Yiorgos Chrysanthou

Dr. Yiorgos Chrysanthou (PC) is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Cyprus, where he is heading the Graphics and Hypermedia lab. He was educated in the UK (BSc and PhD from Queen Mary and Westfield College) and worked for several years as a research fellow and a lecturer at University College London. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, USA (1992) and at Tel-Aviv University, Israel (1997). Yiorgos has published over 50 papers in journals and international conferences on computer graphics and virtual reality and is a co-author of the book "Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments: From Realism to Real-Time", (Addison-Wesley 2001 + China Machine Press 2004). He has served as Program Chair for international conferences (VAST 2004, ACM VRST 2005 and ACM VRST 2006, ECMS 2008, MIG 2010) and has been the local or overall coordinator of 17 research projects funded through various sources (UK EPSRC, UK DTI, EU IST, CY RPF). His research interests are in the general area of Computer Graphics, Virtual/Augmented Reality and applications. Yiorgos has previously supervised post doctorate researchers, at UCY and at UCL, one of them was through a DIDAKTOR RPF fund. He has currently two PhD students under his supervision and two that have completed. He has worked extensively in the more specific animation area, especially on multi-character simulation (virtual crowds).


Mrs Anna Charalambous

Anna Charalambous graduated from the State School of Dance in Athens and currently works as a dance artist and choreographer. She founded the dance group "Solipsism" Omada Syghronou Horou Limited in 2004, and she has choreographed all of the twelve productions of the group. Her work has been touring in several festivals, performed in Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Germany and UK as well as theatres, such us Southbank Centre, Mousuntrum etc. She had received the 1st prize at the 4th Dance Platform in Cyprus (2004) and been selected to represent Cyprus at the 12th Biennale of Young Artist of Europe (2005). In addition, her performance "Turnaround" was selected amongst the top 30 performances at the 9th International Dance Platform (2007) and amongst the top 10 performances at the European Cultural Days (2008). Anna has been collaborating as a professional dancer and choreographer with various companies in Cyprus and Greece and since 2004, she teaches contemporary dance, choreography and improvisation to professional dancers, actress and amateur. She has also choreographed dance and theatre productions with the National Theatre of Cyprus and other independent theatre companies. She is a co-founder and vice-president of the Dance House Lemesos (Stegi), the first and only place entirely devoted to the support, promotion and development of professional contemporary dance in Cyprus.