A practice-led approach to facial animation research

Robin J. S. Sloan, Brian Robinson, Kenneth C. Scott-Brown, Fhionna R. Moore, Malcolm Cook

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In facial expression research, it is well established that certain emotional expressions are universally recognized. Studies into the observer perception of dynamic expressions have built upon this research by highlighting the importance of particular facial regions, timings, and temporal configurations to perception and interpretation. In many studies, the stimuli for such studies have been generated through posing by non-experts or performances by trained actors. However, skilled character animators are capable of crafting recognizable, believable emotional facial expressions as a part of their professional practice. ‘Emotional Avatars’ was conceived as an interdisciplinary research project which would draw upon the knowledge of animation practice and emotional psychology. The aim of the project was to jointly investigate the artistic generation and observer perception of emotional expression animation to determine whether the nuances of emotional facial expression could be artistically choreographed to enhance audience interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2010
EventACM / SSPNET 2nd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation - Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Oct 201021 Oct 2010
Conference number: 2nd


OtherACM / SSPNET 2nd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation
Abbreviated titleFAA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Emotional expression
  • Facial expression
  • Practice-led research
  • Animation


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