Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perceptually motivated automatic dance motion generation for music
by Kim, Jae Woo, D.Sc., The George Washington University, 2009, 77; 3349630
Abstract (Summary)

In this paper, we describe a novel method to automatically generate synchronized dance motion that is perceptually matched to a given musical piece. The proposed method extracts thirty musical features from musical data as well as thirty seven motion features from motion data. A matching process is then performed between the two feature spaces considering the correspondence of the relative changes in both feature spaces and the correlations between musical and motion features.

Similarity matrices are introduced to match the amount of relative changes in both feature spaces and correlation coefficients are used to establish the correlations between musical features and motion features by measuring the strength of correlation between each pair of the musical and motion features. By doing this, the progressions of musical and dance motion patterns and perceptual changes between two consecutive musical and motion segments are matched.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach, we designed and carried out a user opinion study to assess the perceived quality of the proposed approach. The statistical analysis of the user study results showed that the proposed approach generated results that were significantly better than those produced using a random walk through the dance motion database.

The approach suggested in this dissertation can be applied to a number of application areas including film, TV commercials, virtual reality applications, computer games and entertainment systems.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hahn, James K.
Commitee: Berkovich, Simon Y., Fouad, Hesham, Rotenstreich, Shmuel, Sibert, John L.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Computer Science
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Electrical engineering, Computer science
Keywords: Computer animation, Motion generation, Music visualization
Publication Number: 3349630
ISBN: 978-1-109-05660-0
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