CS229 Final Projects
Final Project Ideas
Here are some final project ideas. Feel free to propose your own!
- Create an animation that tells a story. The only rules are
that you follow a good process (storyboarding, animatics, "dailies"),
and that you use an interesting algorithmic technique to assist with
some portion of the production. The algorithmic technique should
assist in creating, editing, or processing some of the motion in the
- Behavior design. Write a procedural algorithm,
simulation, or control system to create coordinated behavior for a
motion task. Bonus points for being creative about the task.
- Group behaviors. One economical way to animate a large
group of characters is to place the characters in a scene, give each
character a set of rules to follow, and let your simulation run. A
number of researchers have looked at how individual agents following
simple, local rules can produce coordinated behavior. Design a
project to animate a group of creatures using similar rules.
- Structured randomness. Create statistically reasonable
variations on some of our motion capture data. (Check out the Video
Textures paper and see me for more references.)
- Animation input devices. For the hardware inclined. One
huge problem with animation software is that you are working with a 3D
character and scene by looking at them on a 2D screen. 3D devices are
sometimes used to help alleviate this problem -- making keyframing
look more like stop-motion photography. Mock up a system that will
let you use an external device to control an animated character and
use it to produce an animation. (The character can be very simple,
with just a few moving parts.) How is the result different from what
you would really like to have? (Reference: MIT
Synthetic Characters web page)
- Goal-oriented IK. Use IK to modify a run cycle or walk
cycle to handle stairs or uneven terrain. Create a character who can
punch or kick any desired target. Allow a user to control a
character's motion by placing and dragging footprints. (See me for
- Balancing / falling. Create a simulated character
that can balance or fall.
- Passive dynamics. Ruina and colleagues at Cornell
describe how to build a passive walking toy out of tinkertoy parts.
Simulate this toy. Simulate the behavior of this toy. Over what
range of circumstances does your simulation work?
- Implement an algorithm from a SIGGRAPH paper. From the
packet, the following are definitely worth a second look with the
final project in mind: Perlin '95, Chi et al. '00, Lee and Shin '99,
Witkin and Kass '88, van de Panne and Fiume '93, Grzeszczuk and
Terzopoulos '95, Rademacher '99, Ngo et al. '00.