Towards Mobile Embodied 3D Avatar as Telepresence Vehicle

  • Yutaka Tokuda
  • Atsushi Hiyama
  • Takahiro Miura
  • Tomohiro Tanikawa
  • Michitaka Hirose
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8011)


In this paper, we present mobile embodied 3D avatar to shift a rich experience of avatar from a virtual world to our real life with a new style of telepresence. Conventional telepresence research have focused on the exact re-creation of face-to-face communication at a fixed position in a specialized room, so there have been much less research on a life-sized mobile telepresence system despite many off-the-shelf mobile telepresence robots available. We propose various scalable holographic displays to visualize a life-sized avatar in an actual life. In addition, we introduce architecture to control embodied avatar according to user’s intention by extending popular architecture for a multimodal virtual human, namely SAIBA. Our primitive prototype system was tested with 5 simple avatar animations to embody with a wheeled platform robot and a life-sized transparent holographic display and proved realistic avatar’s movement complying user’s intention and the situation at the remote location of avatar.


interaction techniques avatar telepresence telework mobility transparent display platforms and metaphors multimodal interaction SAIBA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yutaka Tokuda
    • 1
  • Atsushi Hiyama
    • 2
  • Takahiro Miura
    • 2
  • Tomohiro Tanikawa
    • 2
  • Michitaka Hirose
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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