“CALM: Conditional Adversarial Latent Models  for Directable Virtual Characters” by Tessler, Guo, Mannor, Chechik and Peng

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    CALM: Conditional Adversarial Latent Models  for Directable Virtual Characters

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    In this work, we present Conditional Adversarial Latent Models  (CALM), an approach for generating diverse and directable behaviors for user-controlled interactive virtual characters. Using imitation learning, CALM  learns a representation of movement that captures the complexity and diversity of human motion, and enables direct control over character movements. The approach jointly learns a control policy and a motion encoder that reconstructs key characteristics of a given motion without merely replicating it. The results show that CALM  learns a semantic motion representation, enabling control over the generated motions and style-conditioning for higher-level task training. Once trained, the character can be controlled using intuitive interfaces, akin to those found in video games.

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