Modelling Performer Movements Using Inverse Kinematics

Participants: Ronan Boulic, Benoit LeCallennec, Bruno Herbelin (EPFL, Switzerland)
Manuel Peinado (University of Alcalà, Spain)
Barbara Mazzarino, Govanna Varni (DIST, University of Genova, Italy)
Marcelo M. Wanderley
Modelling performer movements using inverse kinematics.
Funding: ENACTIVE Network VI Framework European Project
NSERC Special Research Opportunities Grant
Quebec's Ministry of Economic Development Grant (Programme de Soutien aux Initiatives Internationales de Recherche)
Project Type: International Collaboration (ENACTIVE Network)
Time Period: 2004–2007. (Completed.)

Project Description

This project aims at applying movement reconstruction tools from EPFL (Prioritized Inverse Kinematics) to the reconstruction of movements of musicians playing musical instruments, based on the IDMIL experience on musician's movement analysis (mostly clarinetists).


We explore the idea of using a minimal number of 3 D markers (typically six, located on the instrument (2), the head, and the right shoulder / hip / knee, all placed on the same side of the body) to reconstruct full 3D movement of an avatar. A set of various constraints was applied to the avatar posture and these constraints were associated to a priority level.

The DIST laboratory (University of Genoa) participates in this project by qualitatively analysing the recovered movements and providing feedback for improved reconstructions.

The goal is to explore the believeability of the recovered motion, by non-experts and by expert musicians.


  • Barbara Mazzarino, Manuel Peinado, Ronan Boulic, Gualtiero Volpe, Marcelo Wanderley. “Improving the believability of virtual characters using qualitative gesture analysis.” Paper to be presented at the 2007 International Gesture Workshop, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Barbara Mazzarino, M. Peinado, Ronan Boulic, Marcelo M. Wanderley, and Antonio Camurri. “Improving Human Movement Recovery Usinf Qualitative Analysis.” In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Enactive Interfaces (ENACTIVE06), Montpellier, France, 2006.
  • Manuel Peinado, Bruno Herbelin, Marcelo M. Wanderley, Benoit Le Callennec, Ronan Boulic, Daniel Thalmann. “Towards Configurable Motion Capture with Prioritized Inverse Kinematics.” In Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation (IWVR2004), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 16 and 17, 2004.

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