subject

Coursera: Building Interactive 3D Characters and Social VR

 with  Dr Marco Gillies and Sylvia Xueni Pan
Meeting another person is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in Virtual Reality. It is quite unlike communicating through any other medium except a real life face-to-face conversation. Because the other person is life size and shares a virtual space with you, body language works in a way that cannot be done on a flat screen. This course will enable you to create realistic social interactions in VR.

You will learn about both the psychology of social interaction and the practical skills to implement it in Unity3D. We will take you through the basics of 3D character animation and how to create body language. You will learn about how to make characters that can respond to players’ speech and body language. You will also learn about avatars: the virtual representation of other players, and agents: computer controlled NPC characters and how to implement both of them.

As many people have said before us, social is the future of VR. This course will help you become part of the future of Virtual Reality social experiences.

Syllabus

Introduction to Virtual Characters
In this module you will start to learn about the role of human-like characters in VR. Characters can represent other real people: avatars, or they can be computer controlled: agents. Either way they are the very foundation of social interaction in VR.

Body Animation in VR
In this module you will learn about the role of the body in social interaction and also about how to animate and control virtual characters' body movements.

Facial Animation
The face is one of the most important social and emotional signals. In this module you will learn about the role of the face and eyes in social interactions and how to recreate them in VR.

Social VR
This module brings together everything you have learned about virtual characters to talk about how you can build truly social experiences in VR.

0 Student
reviews
Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3-5 hours a week
Calendar 4 weeks long
Sign up for free? Learn how

Disclosure: To support our site, Class Central may be compensated by some course providers.

+ Add to My Courses
FAQ View All
What are MOOCs?
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These are free online courses from universities around the world (eg. Stanford Harvard MIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you.  They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.

0 reviews for Coursera's Building Interactive 3D Characters and Social VR

Write a review

Class Central

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Sign up for free