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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
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English

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Specialization

Course 4 of 5 in the

100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

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....
Reading
10 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Virtual Characters | Realism5m
Agents and Avatars5m
Applications of Virtual Characters11m
Introduction to Character Animation3m
Cristina5m
Designing Virtual Characters7m
Importing a Virtual Character to Unity8m
Embodiment in Unity using Mobile VR15m
Project Briefing2m
Reading6 readings
Uncanny Valley10m
Course Blog10m
Getting Started in Unity10m
Where to Download Virtual Characters10m
Unity Mecanim Tutorial10m
Virtual Character Project Brief10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Virtual Characters Quiz30m
Planning your project10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

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. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
Introduction to Skeletal Animation5m
Introduction to Motion Capture3m
Speech7m
Posture and Gesture4m
Backchannel4m
Sensing the User’s Body Language2m
Proxemics2m
Body Language for Avatars5m
Applying Motion Capture Data onto a Virtual Character10m
Speech Interaction11m
Gesture Interaction7m
Reading4 readings
Markerless mocap10m
Bodily Communication10m
Where can you find Mocap data10m
The Virtual Character Interaction Scripts10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Body Movement10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 58 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Introduction to Facial Expressions4m
Introduction to Facial Expression in Unity19m
Blinking and Lip Sync Animation5m
The Importance of Gaze in Social Interaction4m
Gaze Interaction15m
Other Facial Features and Their Psychological Effect4m
Reading3 readings
Interaction Scripts10m
Facial Animation: find out more10m
Gaze Animation10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Facial Expressions30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

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. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The Psychology Behind Social Interaction4m
Challenges in Human-Avatar Interaction4m
Challenges in Human-Agent Interaction4m
Evaluation of Social Interaction in VR3m
Self-Avatar | Implementation and Applications3m
Summary of Social VR1m
Reading6 readings
Automatic Imitation10m
Extended reading: applications using Virtual Characters10m
Human-avatar: Social VR apps10m
Human-agent interaction10m
Embodiment - implementation and psychological effect10m
Thank you10m
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By SMOct 11th 2018

Great course, congratulations to the organizers. Some assets suggested are not compatible with the latest version of Unity, but you can work around getting some similar from the Unity Asset Store.

Instructors

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Dr Sylvia Xueni Pan

Lecturer, Department of Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Dr Marco Gillies

Senior Lecturer
Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

About University of London

The University of London is a federal University which includes 18 world leading Colleges. Our distance learning programmes were founded in 1858 and have enriched the lives of thousands of students, delivering high quality University of London degrees wherever our students are across the globe. Our alumni include 7 Nobel Prize winners. Today, we are a global leader in distance and flexible study, offering degree programmes to over 50,000 students in over 180 countries. To find out more about studying for one of our degrees where you are, visit www.london.ac.uk...

About Goldsmiths, University of London

Championing research-rich degrees that provoke thought, stretch the imagination and tap into tomorrow’s world, at Goldsmiths we’re asking the questions that matter now in subjects as diverse as the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management. We are a community defined by its people: innovative in spirit, analytical in approach and open to all....

About the Virtual Reality Specialization

This specialisation from the University of London will introduce you to virtual reality. Virtual reality is one of the most highly requested skill sets in the jobs market, and this specialisation will give you an introduction to the subject and key skills in the field. You will hear from world-leading lecturers and industry experts, use Unity to develop your own VR environment, and end the specialisation by creating your first VR game....
Virtual Reality

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