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Kiran Chhatre

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Design of the next-generation VR-ready characters

My research addresses the core challenges of designing new techniques to create and control interactive virtual characters. While virtual characters are an important component of these worlds, bringing them to life and giving them interaction and communication abilities requires highly specialized programming combined with artistic skills. The most important aspects of my project are to make the virtual characters capable of:

  • behaving more naturally,

  • interacting with real users sharing a real experience with them, and 

  • being more intuitively and extensively controllable for virtual-world designers.

In order to address these objectives, I am working towards developing 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’. The expected outcome is a set of core communicative non-verbal individual and group behaviors for virtual characters learned from data. Additionally, these methods will allow behaviors to be adapted to the context and the behavior of the users, in small group settings, allowing the system to exhibit mimicry/synchronization. 

Together with my research group, we will develop character simulation techniques beyond the current frontiers, such as:

  • machine learning to provide characters with new abilities based on examples,

  • procedural animation techniques to design a large-scale virtual population of characters, and

  • perceptual studies to evaluate character simulation quality and communication abilities.

Project and Activities

(Updated March 2021)

Embodied Social Agents Lab, KTH Ph.D. Candidate in Artificial Virtual Agents (2021 - 2025)
EU-funded MSCA ITN CLIPE project Early Stage Researcher (2021 - 2023)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA M.Sc. Thesis in Bayesian Optimization (2019 - 2020)
RWTH Aachen University, Germany M.Sc. in Computational Mechanics (2017 - 2020)
College of Engineering Pune, India

B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering (2010 - 2014)

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


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