Thursday, June 26, 2008

An Avatar Factory for EVA

Gabriel Casbai and his team of IIM students have developed for EVA an "avatar factory". This prototype is designed using (Adobe) Flash and implements an interactive Genetic Algorithm. The principle is quite simple. The tool creates a population of avatars with different eyes, noses, hairs, etc. The user can then select some of these characters and the tool applies crossing-over and mutation operators on this selection. This results in a new generation of characters. When the user is satisfied by one of the proposed character, then he can export it as a Flash module which can be directly used as an animated 2D character interface with EVA.

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