Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dance Notations and Robot Motion

Submitted by Charlotte Wile - September 26, 2015

I would like to direct you to a site which documents the "Dance Notations and Robot Motion" workshop, held in LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France, November 13-14, 2014.

Videos of many of the workshops' thought-provoking talks are available on the Program page

A description of the workshop is given on the homepage:

....."The workshop “Dance Notations and Robot Motion” aims to gather roboticists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, dance notation system researchers (Laban, Benesh, Eshkol-Wachman), and choreographers, in order to promote a multidisciplinary research on human motion analysis. Its objective is to lay the foundations for a mutual understanding that is essential for synergetic development in motion research.

The topic addresses methods for anthropomorphic motion segmentation and generation. In the dance field, tools for analyzing and transcribing human movements, i.e. the so called “dance notation systems,” have been developed to enhance dancer performance. Furthermore robotics is concerned by computer-based approaches to transform actions expressed in the physical space into a sequence of motions expressed in the robot control space. The workshop intends both:

  • To focus on notation systems, which structurally describe human movements by using symbols, as tools of motion segmentation
  • To explore the relationship between motion notation systems and engineering based methods for motion generation as developed in computer animation and humanoid robotics.
The workshop will particularly address recent developments on the computational issues of Laban notation systems (Kinetography Laban/Labanotation and Laban Movement Analysis). The computation of different movement notation systems as like Benesh Movement Notation and Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation will be also discussed and mirrored with recent developments in robot motion planning and control."

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