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Thursday, June 25 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Distinguished Closing Keynote Presentation: Photorealistic Telepresence

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In this talk, I will describe early steps taken at Facebook Reality Labs Pittsburgh in achieving photorealistic telepresence: realtime social interactions in AR/VR with avatars that look like you, move like you, and sound like you.

Telepresence is, perhaps, the application with the greatest potential to bring billions of people into VR. It is the next step along the evolution from telegraphy to telephony to videoconferencing. Just like telephony and video-conferencing, the key attribute of success will be “authenticity”: users' trust that received signals (e.g., audio for the telephone and video/audio for VC) are truly those transmitted by their friends, colleagues, or family. The challenge arises from this seeming contradiction: how do we enable authentic interactions in artificial environments?

Our approach to this problem centers around codec avatars: the use of neural networks to address the computer vision (encoding) and computer graphics (decoding) problems in signal transmission and reception. The creation of codec avatars require capture systems of unprecedented 3D sensing resolution, which I will also describe.

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Yaser Sheikh

Director, Research Science, Facebook Reality Labs Pittsburgh
Yaser Sheikh is Director of the Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, devoted to achieving photorealistic social interactions in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and an Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. His research broadly focuses... Read More →

Thursday June 25, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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