Summary of Actions Arising
Send estimated expenditure to PJW and final, signed cost statement forms
Send progress report to PJW.
Compile report for review of progress.
(with JDG) Check rules about subcontracting industrial partners.
PJW to check with Anna about WP (motion capture )
Get information from JWP about participation of Turing Institute.
Find a "best-bet" package for industrial partners.
Check with EC about changing UIB's status.
Write list of new deliverables.
check about non-EU people who can be employed.
Update deliverable list and e-mail all sites for corrections.
Send report on WP3/D6 to PJW
(Sumedha) circulate cover sheet for deliverable reports.
J-DG and all sites to agree on date and time for next meeting. Suggestion:
April 13/14 or March 30/31.
Convince EMN to write a paper.
Platform for Animation and Virtual Reality Minutes of Management Meeting
October 21/22, IRISA (Rennes)
IRISA, Rennes: Bruno Arnaldi, Jordi Regincos, Remi Cozot
University of Bath: Max Froumentin, Maurizio Scotti, Phil Willis
University of Glasgow: Sylvain Brugnot, Jean-Christophe Nebel
UJF, Grenoble: Jean-Dominique Gascuel
University of Geneva: Pascal Volino, Sumedha Kshirsagar
Imagination, Vienna: Michael Gervautz
EPFL, Lausanne: Lim Ik Soo
UIB, Mallorca: Johan Claes
LUC, Diepenbeek: Frank Van Reeth
EMN, Nantes: Jean-Daniel Fekete
TU, Vienna: Chris Faisstnauer, Werner Purgathofer
The coordinator welcomed the participants.
2. Minutes of previous meeting
The minutes of the meeting held in Glasgow on April 22, 1999 were approved.
3. Matters arising from minutes
4. Review of appointments
New appointments / changes
Currently, vacancies are open at Grenoble (1), UIB (1), EMN (1) and Bath
Bath: Maurizio Scotti recruited from Nov 1, 1999. Max. Froumentin
leaving from Nov 1, 1999
EPFL: Amaury Aubel replaced by Lim Ik Soo.
IRISA: Jordi Regincos employed for 8 months - (1.7.99 - 29.2.2000)
Vienna: Francois Faure leaving - (October '99)
Number of man-months delivered and committed since start of PAVR at date
of meeting (36 months):
Action -> PJW to check about non-EU researchers who can be employed.
Bath: 36 (delivered) / 60 (committed)
IRISA: 3 / 48
Glasgow: 40 /60
Grenoble: 9 / 36
Geneva: not applicable
Vienna: 40 / 54
EPFL: not applicable
5. Review of Progress
The Commission has agreed to a 12 month extension to the project.
The next tranche of funding has been received by Bath (12 months late).
Rate of expenditure
Action -> all sites are required to complete cost statements on the
official form by mid-November in order to obtain the next tranche (specify
in Euros and local currency) and send Phil an estimate of expenditure as
soon as possible.
Action -> all sites to send progress report by November 15th to PJW
who will compile final report.
6. Work groups reports
Action -> Sumedha to circulate cover sheet for deliverable reports
Action -> PJW to check with Anna about reports (motion capture)
Work packages meeting took place at Eurographics Conference 1999: WP8
paper, organisation paper from PJW.
WP2 (Capture technologies)
Amaury Aubel (EPFL) was replaced by Lim to work on capture technologies.
WP3 (Immersive interaction)
EMN are still looking for a researcher. Geneva is nearly finished: D6 should
be completed by the end of this year.
Action -> Geneva to send report to PJW.
WP5 (Dynamic simulation)
Grenoble will host next meeting in March or April; J-DG spent 2 weeks at
Imagination; PAVRML has been extended; personnel still not found; have
contacts with company using PAVRML.
Ganymedia works with Grenoble on D7 (deformation of objects). D7 is
one year ahead of schedule.
D10 is renamed "Demonstration of 2D animation" and moved to WP8.
Action -> Anna to update Deliverables list (including statement of
completion) and e-mail all sites for corrections.
Glasgow hosted a technical meeting on 22/4/99; PJW, MF, SB, FL and WP held
a technical meeting in Milan on 10/9/99 and are currently preparing several
publications. Deliverables: D13 and D14 have been completed, D15
is due next year.
7. Mobility of Researchers
PJW reminded the participants that exchanges should last approximately
Exchanges that have taken place: Jaume to UIB (2 weeks: 24 June to 4 July)
Exchanges planned since last meeting:
J-C. Nebel to visit EPFL next spring.
C. Faisstnauer to visit Glasgow to test keyframe animation around June
(duration: 3 weeks to a month) and to visit Grenoble later.
Jaume to go to UIB for 2 weeks
Jordi to visit a site yet to be agreed
Sylvain to visit one of the new companies
8. Commercial partners to replace Siemens
Company B (Germany) had turned down invitation to join. Imagination
(represented by M. Gervautz) and Ganymedia (represented by J-D. Gascuel)
were still willing to join.
PJW suggested that taking on 2 or 3 companies could help relieve pressure
on some sites.
J-DG asked about EC constraints: could only postdocs be employed? Could
non-French people be employed (recruiting non-nationals is difficult)?
PJW reminded the participants that the main goal of TMR projects is mobility
and that the rules have to be followed: people must be employed in a country
other than that of origin. Exchanges must take place in a country other
than that of residence.
J-DG was planning to subcontract Ganymedia using overhead money (up
to 17% of funds) and to employ two people (one of which would be funded
Action -> PJW and J-DG to check rules about subcontracting other
Everybody agreed to Ganymedia and Imagination joining PAVR. Androme
(represented by F. Van Reeth) and WInteractive (not represented) remained
on hold as some sites anticipated not finding suitable postdocs.
PJW agreed that in as much as they used PAVR technology, subcontracting
may be possible.
No change announced for Turing Institute (not represented).
Action -> PJW to get information from JWP about participation of
Action -> PJW to circulate a "best bet" package for companies.
PJW reckoned that contract could start by January 1st.
9. UIB's contractual position
Following Josep Blat's transfer to Barcelona, there was no scientist-in-charge
at UIB. From a contractual viewpoint, it might be possible to remove them
from the project altogether, but Johan is still working there. Another
solution would be to downgrade UIB's role and decide that no additional
WP or Deliverable will be expected from them.
So far, 26 man-months have been delivered (out of 76), and another 24
are available for next year. It was suggested to reduce the site's overall
commitment (EU-funded) to 50. Remaining man-months could be transferred
to other sites. Johan's contract ends in August 2000 but could be
extended for another year.
PJW asked which sites relied on UIB's work. UIB was not committed
to any deliverable but was involved in D15 (WP8) with LUC.
Action -> PJW to check with EC about changing UIB's status.
10. Next meeting
It was agreed that the next meeting would take place in Grenoble in 6 months'
Action -> J-DG and all sites to agree on date and time.
11. Any Other Business
22/10/1999 Work Groups report
Too few joint papers have been (or are being) written to date.
Computer Animation 99 (Vienna, Lausanne, Geneva, Bath, Glasgow, Grenoble)
UIB and LUC
Glasgow and Bath
Total: 11 papers planned
another one from LUC and UIB
LUC and Glasgow
LUC and Bath
Grenoble, Rennes and Vienna (Chris)
Vienna and Glasgow
another one from Glasgow and Bath
Glasgow (JCN) and Lausanne
Imagination and Bath
Geneva and Lausanne
UIB and Bath (guest star: Peter Hall)
Action -> all sites to get EMN to write a paper.
All sites are reminded to give credits to EC, and are invited to expand
the scope of their research.
Commercial Partners (technical involvement)
market: public institutions (museums, etc.), Interactive VR (e.g. mirror
demos). These areas fit into:
Collaboration is also envisaged with Bath and Glasgow on extraction.
W2 (capture technologies)
T2 (extraction from still images)
D1 (extraction of 3D objects from photographs or sequences of images)
D11 (motion capture) with EPFL.
Strong links exist with Androme: recording, free-form deformation between
keyframes, simulation system, input.
WP5/D6: lip-sync system to PAVRML for facial animation
WP5: Add different types of input to PAVRML: MIDI, mouse, data glove.
WP5: Multitrack recorder.
JDG points out that the deliverables that involved Siemens should be
either added, amended or dropped.
22/10/1999 WP8 Technical Meeting
3D to cartoons, Non photo-realistic rendering (Peter Hall).
Simplified 3D (set of views) to animation.
3D for layering and simplifying morphing.
Special effects: particle systems for snow, etc.
Facial animation: link with Bath.
Extraction of resolution independent data from pictures
Re-synthesis of this data with effects (NPR, etc.)
Extraction of iso-contours from grey-level images.
Max to start paper about NPR
PJW to introduce Peter Hall to project
PJW to check WP web pages and have people update them if necessary
All sites to update minutes of WP meeting in Glasgow.