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Thesis worker to Tobii Tech - Foveated Facial Interaction

Graphics in games keep getting better every year. While great strides are being made in increasing polygon count, texture and animation quality and shader complexity, which makes the content look more realistic, less progress is being made in making the content behave realistically in dynamic situations. Especially facial animation during dialogue still has a long way to go. 

In situations where the full conversation can be completely scripted and directed, advanced motion capture can be used to produce a convincing result, but even then, this only works if all interlocutors are being driven by the simulation. This means that if one of the interlocutors is the player, this method is not possible and almost invariably leads to awkward situations and what feels like stilted interaction. The only way to fix this problem is to give the simulation more information about the player, and more information of what proper responses are to different conversational stimuli.

You will be part of a team of software developers and spend your days at our office in Stockholm, Danderyd. 

The aim of this project is to investigate whether the interlocutor's gaze patterns are a part of this stimuli, and whether the gaze of the player can be used to drive the facial animation and conversational behavior of NPC interlocutors by studying conversation video with gaze meta-data as well as the published literature. 

We are looking for a student who has skills within image processing (feature extraction) statistics and machine learning. You are doing your last year at an Engineering Physics program or similar.

Your application should include:

  • CV
  • cover letter
  • transcripts

We review applications and interview candidates continuously. Please send your application as soon as possible through our website.

For full project descriptions please send in an application and we will contact you with more details. 

 If you have any questions, please contact Fredrik Lindh, fredrik.lindh@tobii.com.  

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