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Kiran Chhatre

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About me

Data-driven Character Animation

(Updated August 2022)

My research addresses the core challenges of designing new techniques to create and control interactive virtual characters. I am working towards developing deep learning models enabling characters to exhibit appropriate behaviors in social interaction settings involving small groups, including adaptation to the style and manner of the interlocutor to support the smoothness of interaction and 'social bonding'. I am affiliated with Embodied Social Agents Lab and supervised by  Christopher Peters and Jonas Beskow . I am funded by the  EU MSCA ITN CLIPE project .

I have completed a master's from RWTH Aachen University, Germany , and a bachelor's from the College of Engineering, Pune India .


🚩 [NEW]:  Ph.D. intern with MPI Perceiving Systems, Tübingen  ( September 2022 - )

🚩 Accepted paper in Springer Nature LNCS (LOD 2022): Parallel Bayesian Optimization of Agent-based Transportation Simulation

🚩 Visiting Ph.D. intern "Speech-driven gesture generation" with Ubisoft La Forge, Bordeaux (March - June 2022)

🚩 Co-presented at Summer School on Virtual Humans, Cyprus:  Modeling Groups of Conversational Agents" and "Tools for Virtual Crowds and Characters

🚩Extended abstract at IEEE ICDL StEPP 2021 workshop: "Spatio-temporal priors in 3D human motion"

🚩Discussion panel in TEDxKTH Salon: AI – what should we focus on?

🚩Medium blog on "Representation learning — The core of machine learning"

🚩Delivered EU Report on Social Group Formation in Virtual Environments in collaboration with University College London and Trinity College Dublin. (coming soon)

🚩Podcast with KTH AI Society on research in Natural Language Processing

🚩Talk given on Contrastive Learning for Visual Representations

🚩Talk given on Data Driven Motion Generation

Academic Service

Teaching Assistant:
DH2323, DD2380, DD2421, DD2437DM1590

Reviewer for:
IVA 2021, AAMAS 2021, IEEE COG 2021, LOD 2022AAMAS 2023


I have previously worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (USA), IBM Research (Germany), Dassault Systemes (Germany and India), APS - European Center for Mechatronics GmbH (Germany), Qatar University, Tata Steel (India), Autocop India, and Alfa Laval (India) on various projects.



Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Architectures (DD2437), assistant | Course web

Computer Graphics and Interaction (DH2323), assistant | Course web