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CASA’2003 at Rutgers University: May 7-9, 2003



The COMPUTER GRAPHICS SOCIETY (CGS) is pleased to announce the COMPUTER ANIMATION and SOCIAL AGENTS 2003 Conference to be held at Rutgers University, New-Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. This 16th annual conference on Computer Animation and Social Agents will be organized at Rutgers University and will be co-sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Visualization and Graphics and the Computer Graphics Society. We are also grateful to DIMACS for all their support in advertising and help in running the conference. 


The topics of interest in CASA’2003 include but are not limited to:


· Motion control

·  Social and Conversational agents

· Motion capture and retargeting

· Perceptual models

· Path planning

· Interagent communication

· Physics-based animation

· Virtual Sensors

· Vision techniques in animation

· Modelling of groups and crowds

· Behavioral animation

· Social behavior

· Artificial life

· Autonomous Virtual Humans in games

· Virtual humans and avatars

· Emotions and personality

· Image rendering in animation

· Medical 3D simulation

· Simulation involving Virtual Humans

· Virtual Cultural Heritage

· Autonomous characters and actors

· VCE (Virtual Collaborative Environments)

· A.I. - based animation

· Virtual reality

· Interaction with Virtual Humans

· Augmented Reality

· Deformable Models

·  Facial Animation


Conference Co-Chairs


· Norman Badler

   University of Pennsylvania, USA


· Daniel Thalmann

   EPFL, Switzerland



Program Co-Chairs


· Dimitris Metaxas

   Rutgers University,



· Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann

   University of Geneva,     



· Hyeong-Seok Ko

   Seoul National University,





May 7, 2003 9:00am
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

On site registration for the tutorials will be at the DIMACS CoRE Bldg.
Registration by April 28, 2003: $100 each tutorial per person.
Registration after April 28, 2003: $150 each tutorial per person.

·        Registration Information    Registation fees
Registration begins each day at 8:00 AM
Note: This is NOT a DIMACS event. Our usual policies for fee waivers and reductions do not apply to this conference or the tutorials.

·        Registration    Sign up to attend tutorials at CASA 2003

Tutorial I: Towards mobile conversational agents: abstract and concrete models
Organizers: Pierre Bonzon, University of Lausanne

Tutorial II: Physics-based control of Dynamic Characters
Organizer: Petros Faloutsos, Victor Zordan
Speakers: P. Faloutsos, Nancy Pollard, Demetri Terzopoulos and Victor Zordan

Tutorial III: Modeling and Simulation for Medical Applications
Organizer: C. Imielinska and D. Metaxas
Speakers: C. Imielinska, D. Metaxas, Deborah Silver, T. Yoo and Jannick Rolland

Tutorial IV: Multisensory Interactive Simulation
Please note this is a half day tutorial starting at 1:00 PM.
Registration for this tutorial only is at 12:00 PM.
Organizer: Dinesh K. Pai, Rutgers University

Tutorial V: Real-Time Virtual Characters for VR/AR applications
Organizer: Nadia Magnenat-Thalmman.
Speakers: N. Magnenat Thalmann, D. Thalmann, Thomas di Giacomo and D. Metaxas

Tutorial VI: Virtual Characters
Organizer: Catherine Pelachaud IUT of Montreuil - University of Paris 8
Speakers: Norman Badler, Doug DeCarlo, Stephane Donikian, Thomas Rist, Kris Thorisson, Matthew Stone

Course Organizers: Send email to lindac@dimacs.rutgers.edu for any changes you want to make to the tutorial program.


Important Dates in 2003


·        May 7             Tutorials

·        May 8-9          Conference



·     Final Program    Click to view Final Program

Important Links


·        Registration Information    Registation fees
Note: This is NOT a DIMACS event. Our usual policies for fee waivers and reductions do not apply to this conference or the tutorials.

·        Registration    Sign up to attend CASA 2003

·        Directions    Instructions for getting to the Conference

·        Hotels     List of local accommodations


Send Queries to


Secretariat CASA˘2003

Email: casa2003@biomed.rutgers.edu

Fax: +732 445 2914

Web:  http://www.cbim.rutgers.edu/conferences/casa2003


International Program Committee


N. Adabala, University of Geneva, Switzerland
E. Andre, University of Augsburg, Germany
N. Badler, University of Pennsylvania, USA
D. Ballin, BT, UK
R. Boulic, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
M.-P. Cani, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG), France
T. Capin, NOKIA, USA
A. de Antonio, University Polytechnic of Madrid, Spain
D. DeCarlo, Rutgers University, USA
H. Delingette, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), France
J. Duncan, Yale University, USA
D. Ebert, Purdue Univ., USA
I. Essa, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
P. Faloutsos, UCLA, USA
R. Fedkiw, Stanford, USA
G. Fei, University of Geneva, Switzerland
N. Foster, PDI, USA
J. Gratch, USC, USA J. Hodgins, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
C. Imielinska, Columbia University, USA
H. Ip, City University of Hong Kong, China
I. Kakadiaris, University of Houston, USA
A. Kaufman, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
P. Kalra, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi), INDIA
H. Ko, Seoul National University, South Korea
T. L. Kunii, Hosei University and Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
S. Y. Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
J. Lester, North Carolina State University, USA
M. Lin, University of North Carolina (UNC), USA
N. Lobo, UCF, USA B. Loftin, Old Dominion University, USA
B. Loftin Old Dominion University, USA
N. Magnenat-Thalmann, University of Geneva, Switzerland
D. Manocha, University of North Carolina (UNC), USA
D. Metaxas, Rutgers University, USA
L. Moccozet, University of Geneva, Switzerland
B. Mones, University of Washington, USA
A. Nasri, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
H. Noser, University of Zurich, Switzerland
J. F. O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley, USA
C. O'Sullivan, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
D. Pai, Rutgers University, New-Brunswick, USA
M. van de Panne, University of British Columbia, Canada
R. Parent, Ohio State University, USA
F. Parke, Texas A&M University, USA
N. Patrikalakis, MIT, USA
C. Pelachaud, U. Paris VII, France
N. Pollard, Brown University, USA
L. Porcher Nedel, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
H. Pottmann, Technische Universitdt Wien, Austria
H. Qin, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
S. Raupp Musse, University do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
J. Rickel, University of Southern California, USA
T. Rist, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Germany
L. Rosenblum, Office of Naval Research, USA
J. Rossignac, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
D. Samaras, SUNY Stony Brook, USA
H. P. Seidel, Max-Planck-Institut f|r Informatik, Germany
M. Shah, UCF, USA
D. Silver, Rutgers University, USA
S. Y. Shin, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
J. Stam, Alias Wavefront, USA Y. Suenaga, Nagoya University, Japan
H. C. Sun, Rutgers University, USA
G. Szekely, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
D. Terzopoulos, New York University, USA
D. Thalmann, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
D. Traum, University of Southarn California, USA
R. Trappl, Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria
L. Velho, Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), Brazil
F. Vexo, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Y. Wu, TeraRecon Inc., USA