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Program 2016


High-Quality Capture of Eyes

Pascal Bérard (DR)

Even though the human eye is one of the central features of individual appearance, its shape has so far been mostly approximated in our community with gross simplifications. In this presentation we demonstrate that there is a lot of individuality to every eye, a fact that common practices for 3D eye generation do not consider. To faithfully reproduce all the intricacies of the human eye we propose a novel capture system that is capable of accurately reconstructing all the visible parts of the eye: the white sclera, the transparent cornea and the non-rigidly deforming colored iris. These components exhibit very different appearance properties and thus we propose a hybrid reconstruction method that addresses them individually, resulting in a complete model of both spatio-temporal shape and texture at an unprecedented level of detail, enabling the creation of more believable digital humans. Finally, we believe that the findings will alter our community's current assumptions regarding human eyes, and our work has the potential to significantly impact the way that eyes will be modelled in the future.

Pascal Bérard

Pascal Bérard , PhD Student at ETH Zürich/Disney Research Zurich, Disney Research,

Pascal Bérard was born in Switzerland in 1987. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in microengineering from EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. For his master's thesis he joined the Laboratory of Computational Cell Biology (LCCB) at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, where he stayed for a year before beginning his Ph.D. in 2012 at the Computer Graphics Laboratory (CGL) at ETH Zürich and at Disney Research Zurich. His main research interests are reconstruction and modelling algorithms with a focus on applications in the visual effects industry.

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FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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