Research & Coding

Recent Projects

Character Essences

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After a few years of improv theatre, animation research and coding I think it’s time to begin my dream project. Character Essences will combine theatre techniques of character creation with traditional and procedural animation. Drawing on character archetypes from Commedia dell’arte and the physical theatre methods of Jacque le Coque and Rudolf Laban, the main focus is to find movement parameters (constants and variables) that define well established characters.


E – StopMotion

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Digitizing stop motion animation has been my Engineering Doctorate project between 2014 and 2018. The aim was to simplify the workload for artists and offer them tools to bring their handmade creations in a 3D game. The following video shows a simple pipeline for digitizing characters from the game Clay Jam, by Fat Pebble. This is now published work and open for film and game companies to use.


[1] Anamaria Ciucanu, Naval Bhandari, Xiaokun Wu, Shridhar Ravikumar​, Yong-Liang Yang, Darren Cosker. 2018. E-StopMotion: Digitizing Stop Motion for Enhanced Animation and Games. In MIG 18: Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG 18), November 8-10, 2018, Limassol, Cyprus. ACM, New York, USA, 11 pages.  [PDF]


Robin Animator V1.0

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The Robin Animator V1.0 is a Maya plugin written in python for animation prototyping. It can be used to generate basic procedural animations of little bird characters. These animations can then be exported for your games, rendered in your films or can serve as reference for more complex animations. The code and Maya file are available on GitHub



  • Research skills in shape deformation, registration and analysis
  • Research skills in movement analysis
  • Analytical thinking and planning
  • Problem solving
  • Academic writing
  • Procedural animation
  • C/C++, C# (Unity), Java
  • Python, Matlab
  • OpenGL/WebGL
  • JavaScript/Three JS, Processing
  • HTML5, CSS3



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