One of my more recent jobs at the artanim Foundation has been the development of a series of games for the “Faites comme chez nous” exposition at the Natural History Museum (MHN) in Geneva. The exposition details the work of their paleontologists in the Kem Kem region in Morocco. Not only was it a fun project to work on, but I recently had the chance to visit the exposition and see it all in action.

We worked on a series of touch-screen based mini-games accompanying the exposition. On sign-up visitors were given a ticket with a tooth they had to match to their dinosaur. The drag-and-drop or multiple-choice games asked questions about the various displays and lead the visitors along a path of research and discovery. What did their dinosaur eat? Why were there more of one than another? And what do you take with you if you’re a paleontologist on a mission?


From the ticket printing to the final death defying photo with a dinosaur, all was in full swing and seemingly enjoyed by the children present, including me.

If you’re interested you can visit the museum and the exposition for free until the 27th of June 2017.


Two new papers were added to the publications page. These papers reference  my work on the real-time simulation of muscle action lines to measure muscle elongation during complex motion. Based on a position-based-dynamics technique, I implemented a real-time multi-threaded simulation of muscle action lines in combination with continuous collision detection. The results of the work of my co-authors is illustrated in the video below, with my contribution visible from the 1m18 mark.


“So you work at Artanim, right?” “Yes indeed, since last December.” “Great, and what is it you do there as a senior researcher in computer science?” “I do voice-overs.” “Of cour…what?”

Of course that is not my primary task description, but it is the first minor contribution I can publicly show. Artanim, together with several partners, performed an interesting study into the risks related to sexual activity after total hip arthroplasty (THA), and accompanied it with a video. And after my previous voice-over for the award winning “Illusion of Intelligence”, how could they not ask me? So here it is, for your enjoyment.

I soon hope to update you on some of my actual day-to-day work, but until then you can dream away at the soothing tone of my voice.

If you’d like to know more about the research itself, or the work we do, then visit the project’s page or the general website.


One co-authored full paper and one first-author short paper have been accepted for the ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2012 conference in Singapore:

Full paper:

  • An Application Framework for Adaptive Distributed Simulation and 3D Rendering Services
    N.A. Nijdam, B. Kevelham, S. Han and N. Magnenat-Thalmann

Short paper:

  • Fast and Accurate GPU-based Simulation of Virtual Garments
    B. Kevelham and N. Magnenat-Thalmann

Once published (a link to) these papers will be available within the list of publications.



Our video “The Illusion of Intelligence” has won the award for “Best Student Video” at the AAAI 2012 Video Competition.


The illusion of intelligence is a video from Karolina Zawieska, Bart Kevelham, Maher Ben Moussa and Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann.
Created at MIRALab – University of Geneva, the video discusses the human tendency to anthropomorphise machines, in particular to project intelligence onto robots.