Computational design of walking automata Conference Paper

Author(s): Bharaj, Gaurav; Coros, Stelian; Thomaszewski, Bernhard; Tompkin, James; Bickel, Bernd; Pfister, Hanspeter
Title: Computational design of walking automata
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: Creating mechanical automata that can walk in stable and pleasing manners is a challenging task that requires both skill and expertise. We propose to use computational design to offset the technical difficulties of this process. A simple drag-and-drop interface allows casual users to create personalized walking toys from a library of pre-defined template mechanisms. Provided with this input, our method leverages physical simulation and evolutionary optimization to refine the mechanical designs such that the resulting toys are able to walk. The optimization process is guided by an intuitive set of objectives that measure the quality of the walking motions. We demonstrate our approach on a set of simulated mechanical toys with different numbers of legs and various distinct gaits. Two fabricated prototypes showcase the feasibility of our designs.
Keywords: fabrication; Animation; Mechanical characters
Conference Title: SCA: ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer animation
Conference Dates: August 7-9, 2015
Conference Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Publisher: ACM  
Date Published: 2015-08-01
Start Page: 93
End Page: 100
DOI: 10.1145/2786784.2786803
Open access: no
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