March 24, 2008

UCLA Course Explores Character Animation

Los Angeles - Enroll in a new UCLA Extension two-day short course, Physical and Biological Modeling for Graphical Character Animation, and explore the important role that concepts from the fields of physics and biology can play in graphical character animation for interactive games and motion pictures.
The course covers physics-based computer animation, including animation with motion curves, particle dynamics, and rigid- and articulated-body simulation. Additionally, the course investigates biological modeling and artificial life, an emerging discipline combining the computational and biological sciences in order to build comprehensive models that can realistically emulate humans and animals. These models simulate natural processes that characterize living systems, such as evolution, perception, locomotion, adaptive behavior, learning, and other aspects of higher intelligence. 
Participants gain an understanding of the computational modeling of these natural phenomena of life and their incorporation into sophisticated, self-animating graphical characters.
Physical and Biological Modeling for Graphical Character Animation meets Thursday-Friday, April 10-11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., in Room G33-West of the UCLA Extension Building, 10995 Le Conte Ave., in Los Angeles' Westwood neighborhood. The fee is $1,495.  For more information call 310-825-3344 orvisit