Motion Synthesis for Virtual Characters

Seminar an der Universitšt des Saarlandes, Fachrichtung Informatik, LSF 116960


The focus of the seminar Motion Synthesis for Virtual Characters (MSVC) is on motion synthesis for virtual characters acting in virtual 3D scenes. In this context, the seminar focusses on data driven methods, which use motion capture data taken from human volunteers. The full range of relevant aspects of such approaches is offered to interested participants for overview presentations or for presentations on specialized topics. This reaches from motion capturing technologies, to post-processing of motion capture data, semantic annotation of motion capture data as well as motion modeling and synthesis. Statistical approaches for motion modeling are of interest as well as more recent approaches which base on deep learning. For interested participants specialized presentations on background mathematics like for example principle component analysis or Gaussian processes are possible, too.

The seminar type is classic in the sense that registered participants will present the assigned topics, and discuss the strength and weaknesses of presented approaches. In addition, there will be two dedicated opponents for each presentation of an assigned topic. Successful participation in the seminar will be graded; please check the requirements page in this regard.

The seminar counts 7 ECTS credit points.


This seminar aims primarily at advanced master students in Computer Science who preferably hold a B.Sc. degree in this or related field. Good knowledge in general computer science or AI is considered helpful, too. Selected background references are given on the topic page and expected to be read and utilized by registered participants as appropriate. Attendance of the seminar without registration (no presentation and certificate) by anyone who is interested in the topics is, of course, very much welcome but subject to available space. The seminar language is English or German depending on the audience.

Date and Location:

The seminar is held weekly on Wednesday from 4pm (16:00) to 6pm at DFKI in room “Turing 2” (NB R +2.31). The location can be accessed via the entrance of the DFKI main building D3.2. You may ask at the reception in the lobby of the building for further directions.

Initial introduction meeting was held on 28.1.2019, 15:00 at DFKI in room +2.31 “Turing 2”.

Please check the seminar schedule frequently for changes.

Registration and Topic Assignment: 

Because the seminar got strong interest from students, pre-registration is formally closed.

Full registration for already registered participants in HISPOS is mandatory till no later than 1.5.2019

Full registration to the seminar requires a pre-registration which is confirmed by the seminar leader. For your pre-registration request, please send the following and complete (1-6) information to Klaus.Fischer@dfki.de:

  1. Full name (first name and surname)
  2. Enrollment number (Matrikulationsnummer
  3. Contact details (email, phone, mail address)

It is strongly recommended to check the seminar topics (see topics page) BEFORE sending a pre-registration request. Reference papers are available in the web or can be provided on request. Please also note that incomplete pre-registration requests will not be considered.

Pre-registration with assignment of topics will be handled until 11.4.2019 EOB latest

  • on request per pre-registration E-Mail
  • during the first (welcome) session of the seminar on 10.4.2019

A notification about your pre-registration request and topic assignment will be sent to you by the seminar leader.


In case of confirmed pre-registration your full registration in HISPOS until 1.5.2019 latest is mandatory for full registration to the seminar. Please note that the official 3-weeks-rejection period according to the examination regulation for seminars counts from the date of the topic assignment (i.e. the date of pre-registration confirmation e-mail sent to you by the seminar leader).

Pre-registration requests after pre-registration deadline might be considered if the official 3-weeks-rejection period is not being claimed by the requester but decision made until the deadline for full registration.

Registration for the seminar in HISPOS without confirmed pre-registration is not valid and will not be accepted by the examination office.