Automating gait generation

H. C. Sun, D. N. Metaxas

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One of the most routine actions humans perform is walking. To date, however, an automated tool for generating human gait is not available. This paper addresses the gait generation problem through three modular components. We present ElevWalker, a new low-level gait generator based on sagittal elevation angles, which allows curved locomotion - walking along a curved path - to be created easily; ElevInterp, which uses a new inverse motion interpolation algorithm to handle uneven terrain locomotion; and MetaGait, a high-level control module which allows an animator to control a figure's walking simply by specifying a path. The synthesis of these components is an easy-to-use, real-time, fully automated animation tool suitable for off-line animation, virtual environments and simulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Graphics Annual Conference (SIGGRAPH 2001) - Los Angeles, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2001Aug 17 2001


OtherComputer Graphics Annual Conference (SIGGRAPH 2001)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


  • Animation
  • Animation systems
  • Animation w/ constraints
  • Human body simulation


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