Creating Child-like Characters | Jainlab
PIs: Eakta Jain, Lisa Anthony
This is a collaborative project between Jain Lab and INIT Lab.


Children move very differently from adults. Yet, motion capture databases are largely comprised of adult motion. We aim to generate child-like motion by transforming adult motion capture data with the goal of creating more compelling avatars for games and virtual reality.

Is the motion of a child perceivably different from the motion of an adult?
"Is the motion of a child perceivably different from the motion of an adult?", Eakta Jain, Lisa Anthony, Aishat Aloba, Amanda Castonguay, Isaabella Cura, Alex Shaw, Julia Woodward, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception 2016.
  • Paper (preprint) (PDF - 1.5MB)
  • Point Light Stimuli Videos (ZIP - 5.2MB)
  • Project Video (MP4 - 24.7MB)
  • Slides from TAP talk (PDF - 25.6MB)
  • Child & Adult Positions Data (ZIP - 3.1MB)
  • Bibtex entry:
    title = {Is the Motion of a Child Perceivably Different from the Motion of an Adult?},
    author={Jain, Eakta and Anthony, Lisa and Aloba, Aishat and Castonguay, Amanda and Cuba, Isabella and Shaw, Alex and Woodward, Julia},
    journal={ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP)},

  • The authors wish to thank University of Florida students Nathan de Krey and Zsolt Szabo, who both worked on early versions of the Microsoft Kinect skeleton tracking and data collection software, as well as several members of the HCC@UF community who served as pilot participants for both studies. The authors also thank the anonymous reviewers for suggestions that improved this paper.
Adult2Child: Dynamic Scaling Laws to Create Child-Like Motion
"Adult2Child: Dynamic Scaling Laws to Create Child-Like Motion", Yuzhu Dong, Sachin Paryani, Neha Rana, Aishat Aloba, Lisa Anthony, Eakta Jain, 2017 Motion In Games.
  • Paper (preprint) (PDF - 3MB)
  • Video (MP4 - 55MB)
  • Slides
  • Survey & Code (ZIP - 24KB)
  • Bibtex entry:
    title = {Adult2Child: Dynamic Scaling Laws to Create Child-Like Motion},
    author={Dong, Yuzhu and Paryani, Sachin and Rana, Neha and Aloba, Aishat and Anthony, Lisa and Jain, Eakta},
    booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Motion in Games},

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