Academy Award winner Dr. Mark Sagar is the director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, where his interest is in bringing digital characters to life using artificial nervous systems to empower the next generation of human computer interaction. His laboratory is pioneering neurobehavioral animation that combines biologically based models of faces and neural systems to create live, naturally intelligent, and highly expressive interactive systems. Mark previously worked as the Special Projects Supervisor at Weta Digital and Sony Pictures Imageworks and developed technology for the characters in blockbusters such as Avatar, King Kong, and Spiderman 2. His pioneering work in computer-generated faces was recognized with two consecutive Scientific and Engineering Oscars in 2010 and 2011. Dr. Sagar holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and is a recipient of the University of Auckland’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.
The face is the mirror of the brain!
How does the symphony of facial movement get captured on the brain...
Models of the brain together with models of the face - to explore reactions.
An overview... a framework to construct artificial nervous system!
We co-create our experiences!!!
MRI of a smile to make a biomechanical face...
How does the brain control the face!
Reinforcement learning - behaviour selection!
What is driving our emotions? Looking at our stress systems.
Our brain is creating mental maps of the world all the time!!!
Brain language - a lego system for brain modelling...
Woohooooo brain model - neuroforming... freaky!!!
The equivalent of giving the baby cocaine... able to see the reaction on the baby - dilating pupils.
Everything is connected - low level biology is connected to high level social activity!
The future of the possibility of technology... BabyX - WOWser