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.
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.