Center for Human Modeling and Simulation

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE





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There has been growing academic and industry interest in the behavioral animation of autonomous actors in virtual worlds. However, it remains a considerable challenge to author complicated interactions between multiple actors in a way that balances automation and control flexibility. In this paper, we propose a behavior authoring framework which provides the user with complete control over the domain of the system: the state space, action space and cost of executing actions. Actors are specialized using effect and cost modifiers, which modify existing action definitions, and constraints, which prune action choices in a state-dependent manner. Behaviors are used to define goals and objective functions for an actor. Actors having common or conflicting goals are grouped together to form a composite domain, and a multi-agent planner is used to generate complicated interactions between multiple actors. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our framework by authoring and generating a city simulation involving multiple pedestrians and vehicles that interact with one another to produce complex multi-actor behaviors.

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crowds, high-level behaviors, coordination, authoring



Date Posted: 13 January 2016

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