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Student Research 2013

Abnormal Gait Synthesis

Amber Playle

Amber is using motion capture to analyze the gait patterns of healthy and injured canines.

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Creative Character Design Style

Anahita Salimi

Anahita is creating a unique character style by combining 2D and 3D design elements.

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Final Frontier

Brian Smith

Brian's body of work explores the cognitive shift experienced by astronauts as they leave the Earth.

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Lefty & Boomer

Caleb Jackson

Caleb is creating a collaborative short film that combines 3D animation with live action.

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Absence Makes the Mind Grow Scared-er

Catherine Hervey

Catherine's body of work explores how the absence of something affects the audience's experience.

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A Qualitative Comparison of Scripting Languages used for Image Synthesis

Chris Potter

Chris is comparing the quality of ray tracing programs coded in different programming languages.

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 The Presence of Absence: Loss and Memory

Christine Li

Christine's body of work uses 3D animation to explore themes of loss and memory.

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Fluid Simulation Based Character Design

Cong Wang

Cong is using fluid fire simulation to emulate hair on 3D characters.

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Modular Shapeshifting of Rigged Characters

Dane Shannon-Sparks

Dane is exploring methods of morphing between different characters in an art-directable way.

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Breaking Glass

David Monroe

David is developing a procedural tool for creating realistic art-directable glass shatter.

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An Approach to Painterly Rendering

Garrett Broussard

Garrett is developing a tool to allow standard 3D animations to be rendered in a painterly style.

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Quick Recognition of Characters through Level of Detail Manipulation

Jack Eggebrecht

Jack is creating a tool to help character artists improve quick recognition of game characters.

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A Tool for the Art-Directable Incorporation of FEM-Drive Soft Body Simulation with Keyframed Skeletal Animation

Jacob Zimmer

Jacob is working on creating a Maya tool that will allow users to incorporate soft body dynamics with keyframed animation.

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Learn and Play with Tablets Using Soft Toys

Janelle Arita

Janelle's work focuses on improving children's interaction with digital devices through the use of soft toys.

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60-Second Storytelling

Jeff Gustafson

Jeff's body of work is focused on creating narrative live action shorts in 60 seconds.

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Kelly Kin

Kelly's body of work uses 3D animation to explore dreams and the subconscious.

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Open Rigging Through XML

Logan Kelly

Logan's work is focused on making rigging more user-friendly by using a node-based interface.

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Morgan Jenks

Morgan's body of work is focused on creating songs and visuals using physically-based systems.

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Phobias as Entities and Experiences

Rachel Cunningham

Rachel's body of work analyzes characteristics of different phobias and attempts to tame them.

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Using Open Source Asset Management System to interface with Maya

Rakesh Ramesh

Rakesh is using asset management software to create an open source pipeline and integrate it with Maya.

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Carnal Maps

RJ Pena

RJ's body of work focuses on the differences between explicit and implicit memory.

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Sketch-Based Animation Tool for Character Animation

Sean Low

Sean's research is focused on creating a sketch-based animation tool for Maya using hand-drawn curves. 

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Computer Graphics and Historical Costume

Trisha Cleveland

Trisha's research focuses on creating believable period clothing made with appropriate fabrics by using paintings and clothing patterns to create 3D versions.

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Spirituality, Stillness, Sight

Tyler Rosas

Tyler is exploring depictions of the Apostles in scripture and reinterpreting them as interactive art.

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A Collision Deformer for Maya

Wei Wang

Wei is working on creating a deformer for Maya that allows users to create collision effects without running simulations.

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