Charisma Cam: A Prototype of an Intelligent Digital Sensory Organ for Virtual Humans

  • Michael Bechinie
  • Karl Grammer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2792)


Charisma Cam is a software for real-time behavioral analysis, based on Automatic Movie Analysis (AMA). It extracts information from human body language, using the Motion Energy Detection (MED) approach. It detects changes in shapes, rather than trying to build complex mathematical models of individual body movements. This allows for quantitative assessment of movement qualities independently of their Gestalt. The demo shows a system that generates a personality profile for the ”Big 5” by analyzing human body movements (dancing) in real time. In a way Charisma Cam simulates low-level vision-processing algorithms of the human brain. Thus it can be seen as a prototype of an intelligent Digital Sensory Organ that could augment simulation engines for virtual humans in future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Bechinie
    • 1
  • Karl Grammer
    • 2
  1. 1.digitalMankind research & software development GmbHViennaAustria
  2. 2.Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Urban EthologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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