Archive 2014

Nov. 26, 2014

Invitation to the 18th Bilateral Student Workshop CVUT Prag - HTW Dresden

Loreen Pogrzeba

The 18th Bilateral Student Workshop CVUT Prag - HTW Dresden will take place in Dresden on the 28-29th of November. Undergraduate and graduate students and professors from both universities will discuss in 14 presentations and one demonstration current research in the field of computer graphics, HCI, usability, recording and scanning technology. Enjoy the interesting talks this Friday, 10am-18pm, at the HTW Library (Room B302) and on Saturday, 10-12am at the Technical Collections of the City Dresden (tower room).

Amongst others DREMATRIX will be presented by:

  • >>> Prof. Böhme, Prof. Wacker, Stefanie Münch and Erik Zimmermann: Opening & Presentation of the new Institute at the Faculty of Informatics/Mathematics at the HTW Dresden

  • >>> Jens Friedrich und Steve Kuttig: Detecting Errors on Leather Skin – Methods and Applications

  • >>> Loreen Pogrzeba: If Numerics Decide on Health Status: Capture and Measure Progress of Therapy

  • The event is organized by the in 2014 founded research institute for computer science and mathematics of the HTW Dresden and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service "Ostpartnerschaften".

July 28, 2014

Our presentation at the ICMPC 13 - APSCOM 5 next week in South Korea

Loreen Pogrzeba

I will present a scientific paper on the ICMPC 13 - APSCOM 5 in South Korea next week. This is the story on how this came about. Click here to go straight to the abstract ...

In the end of 2010 I’ve met the music therapist Minea Alvsten and was fascinated by the FMT therapy approach. As I heard later, functional music therapy (FMT) is a non-verbal active music therapy, which is focused on the neuropsychological development of patients, evaluated by the observation of the patients' motor skills. The therapist uses music as a tool to communicate with the individually treated person, and to motivate the person emotionally to perceive, react, move, play, and interact.

This description opens up many questions: How does the therapist “communicate” with the patient without using words? What does he do during therapy? And what is he looking for, so what defines improvements of the “patient’s motor skills’”?

As a former student in media computer science and current PhD student in motion analysis I have a special interest in this bodily improvements and how I could record, measure, analyze and visualize them. That’s why I went to Sweden for half a year in summer 2012. I’ve lived in Eskilstuna, 100 km from Stockholm, and worked at the FMT Behandlingscenter Eskilstuna. Together with Margareta and Karina I’ve recorded the motion of 20 patients (10 with Stroke, 10 with Parkinson’s disease) for later analysis. I’ve attended lessons in FMT at the Musikhögskolan Ingesund, 260 km from Stockholm, and learnt Swedish. And I spoke to many inspiring and interesting FMT therapists or just listened to them, e. g. to all the future therapists in Ingesund, to Margareta and Karina, Anita Granberg, Salome Persson, Ulla Sterner, Mikael Walldin, Gunnar Smideman, Lars Persson, Sol-Britt Häggblom, and Jennie Karf. Many thanks to all of you, for your time and effort!

In the course of all these conversations I got an understanding to which motion skills FMT therapist pay attention. And we’ve learned to understand each other, the different ways of thinking, expressing ideas, “therapeutic” and “technical” language. Thus Margareta Ericsson and Karina Larsson from the FMT Behandlingscenter, my doctor supervisors Markus Wacker and Bernhard Jung, and I wrote a scientific paper about how to analyze FMT from both the perspectives of a computer scientist and a FMT therapist. We created a kind of 3d motion data vocabulary which is meaningful, understandable, comprehensible and objectively measurable for our two different working disciplines.

In one week I will have the honor to present our scientific paper at the 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 5th Conference for the Asia-Pacific Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music in Seoul, South Korea.

You are cordially invited to listen to my talk on how to analyze FMT using a 3D motion data vocabulary on Friday, the 8th of August in session 9B “Music Therapy: Rhythm and Motor” from 10 to 10:30 am at the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Here you can find the abstract. Feel free to contact me to discuss your questions and ideas, perhaps during lunch or just anywhere at the conference. I am highly looking forward to get to know you.

This talk is just one further step to develop a computer-assisted analysis software for FMT. If you cannot be on location and are curious for more information just send me an e-mail with your questions or visit my PhD website with further information!

Feb. 13, 2014

Character Modelling Workshop at HTW Dresden, 10th/11th Apr

Sebastian Gassel
Dear 3d artists and animators! We invite you to dive in deeper in the art of character modelling! In the course of this 2-day-workshop with Tanja Krampfert - Modeller and Character TD at Pixar - the participants will be guided through the process of modelling a previously designed character from the concept phase to the final model in the context of animation. This includes both the conception of a character design and the correkt approach and compliance of certain Do's and Don'ts during the modeling process which in turn are a prerequisite to achieve a correct deformation in character animation. When? April 10th and 11th, 1.30 to 6.30 PM Where? At HTW Dresden (University of Applied Science) Software available?Autodesk Maya, 3D Studio Max, Blender Requirements Prior knowledge in 3D modelling techniques and experience in at least of the above listed modelling tools Preparation Please bring a character draft including sketches in perspective, front and side view. Language German/English (depending on participants) Costs 15 EUR attendence fee for the complete workshop (to be paid in advance) The number of participants is limited. In order to sign up for this workshop, please fill out the registration form until April 3rd. We hope to see you soon at HTW Dresden! Your Drematrix-Team Please note our other workshop offered in the course of Filmfest Dresden: Markerless Motion-Capturing Workshop at HTW Dresden

Feb. 13, 2014

Markerless Motion-Capturing Workshop at HTW Dresden

Sebastian Gassel
Dear 3d animators and film makers! We invite you to explore the diversity of human movement in general and of walking styles specifically. In this 4-hour hands-on workshop you will get the possibility to capture and explore unique ways of walking. We will introduce you to the mocap workflow: - capturing the movements with our markerless motion-capture system - tipps and tricks of cleaning and smoothing motion data in Autodesk’s Motion Builder software - and transferring the motion to various characters for export to other animation packages. The 4-hour workshop will take place at University of Applied Sciences Dresden near main station and will be given on request. If you’re interested in participating and you have basic experience in 3D animation software, please let us know via email to sstrauss[at*]informatik.htw-dresden.de (limited number of participants) to fix a date and time. Where? At HTW Dresden (University of Applied Science) When? On request (- Please email sstrauss[at*]informatik.htw-dresden.de for further information! -) Software used:Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Motionbuilder Requirements: Prior knowledge in any 3D animation package preferable, but not necessary Language: English or German (depending of participants) Costs: Free Apart from this workshop, please note the yearly DREMATRIX promotion prize (Submission deadline: June 1st) promoting new ideas of visualizating movement and/or solid concepts of integrating motion capture in the artistic film making process. The price includes - two full days of motion capture in our system with a technical support team & - 500 € for travel expenses and hotel costs. Send us your sketch, a short vita and some references until June 1st, 2014! Any applications – film or animation sketches, interactive concepts, general visualization conecpts – demonstrating the possibilities and application of the markerless motion capture technology are welcome and will be considered. For more information visit us at Filmfest Dresden [Go Forward! – Promotion Prizes And Support Programmes, Fr, April 18th]!

Please also note our other workshop offered in the course of Filmfest Dresden: Character Modelling Workshop at HTW Dresden