Computer Theater: Stage for Action Understanding

Cluadio S. Pinhanez and Aaron F. Bobick

This paper argues that computer theater are an interesting domain for research in action representation, recognition, and generation. Here, computer theater describes experiences and systems where performers use computers in theatrical performances, both as a means to expand their bodies and as partners. Some of the most recent experiences in computer theater are surveyed and classified according to criteria borrowed from computer music research. The possible uses of action understanding are then exemplified by examining our research on script-based control of TV cameras in a cooking show.

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