Current research, now in progress, into algorithmic based, real-time rendering of simplified yet painterly images to enable emotions' understanding among children and teens along the autism spectrum. In addition to helping these youngsters to understand, does this research suggest any other implications for the way everyone sees?
Dr. Diana Arellano works as Researcher and Software Developer at the Research and Development department at the Institute of Animation, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.
Arellano’s Ph.D. thesis (University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, 2012) focused on both the generation of facial expressions in virtual characters as a representation for their moods and personality, as well as on the study of the psychological aspects that allow the characters to feel certain affective traits regarding the context that surrounds them.
At the Institute of Animation, Arellano has worked on more artistic projects, like “The Muses of Poetry” (2013), an interactive installation where animated characters read poetry in an emotional way. Currently she is one of the coordinators of a DFG-funded project focused on the generation of character animations using Non-Photorealistic rendering techniques to help autistic kids to read emotions in other people’s faces (2013-2015). In addition to this, Arellano supports the Technical Director students on their research projects.<
Diana Arellano has also collaborated in the organization and as scientific committee of international conferences (e.g. AMDO, ICAART, Interacción, SIGGRAPH as Student Volunteer). She is also an active member of the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee (IRC), where she represents the Latin America region.