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Yaser Ajmal Sheikh
Assistant Research Professor, RI
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Office: EDSH 221
Phone: (412) 268-1138
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Jessica Butterbaugh
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Head-Mounted Cameras Could Help Robots Understand Social Interactions
December 13, 2012. What is everyone looking at? It’s a common question in social settings because the answer identifies something of interest, or helps delineate social groupings. Those insights someday will be essential for robots designed to interact with humans, so researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have developed a method for detecting where people’s gazes intersect. The researchers tested the method using groups of people with head-mounted video cameras. By noting where their gazes converged in three-dimensional space, the researchers could determine if they were listening to a single speaker, interacting as a group, or even following the bouncing ball in a ping-pong game.
CMU, Disney Develop New Model for Animated Faces and Bodies
August 06, 2012. Computer graphic artists who produce computer-animated movies and games spend much time creating subtle movements such as expressions on faces, gesticulations on bodies and the draping of clothes. A new way of modeling these dynamic objects, developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and the LUMS School of Science and Engineering in Pakistan, could greatly simplify this editing process.
Researchers turn motion capture inside out
August 08, 2011. Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around — mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves — scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas and outdoors.
Giving Sight
April 26, 2011. Revolutionary technology from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Quality of Life Technology Center is helping the blind to see. With the BrainPort Vision Device, users can perceive the approximate shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment.
Sheikh, Black Win Honda Grants
July 12, 2010. Yaser Sheikh, assistant research professor in the Robotics Institute, and Alan Black, associate professor in the Language Technologies Institute, are among five winners nationwide of 2010 Honda Initiation Grants.