Gunnar Hovden's Web Page

I have just graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University. The title of my dissertation is "Generation of Optimized MPEG-4 Facial Animation Parameters". You can read the abstract here.

My research work consisted of finding an accurate and robust method for generating MPEG-4 FAPs (Facial Animation Parameters) based on a video sequence of a real person's face. The research involves image processing, video processing, computer vision, facial animation and optimization theory. The method is very accurate and extremely robust. The technology I developed is now being used by face2face animation inc., a world leader in facial animation research.

You can download a demo of my work here. The demo shows a video sequence of a real person on the left side and an animation face based on the FAPs I have generated on the right side. Please notice the accuracy and robustness of the animation compared to the original video. Pay particular attention to head pose, lips, eyebrows and eyelids. You can choose between WMV format and Real Media format. WMV format has the highest quality.

If you have any questions, comments, or better yet - a job offer, you can send mail to me at

This page was last updated 2004 02 25.

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