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An Indian Scientist Kiran Bhat honoured with an Oscar

March 18th, 2017

The best talent for the design and development of the ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) facial performance-capture solving system developed by Kiran Bhat,  Michael Koperwas, Brian Cantwell, and Paige Warner) will be among the Academy’s tech achievers  . This system enables high-fidelity facial performance transfer from actors to digital characters in large-scale productions while retaining full artistic control, and integrates stable rig-based solving and the resolution of secondary detail in a controllable pipeline.

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41-year-old techie, who has made the country proud that fascinates you  to know about Kiran Bhat, a student of  Anglo Indian School in Coimbatore, completed his dual degree in mechanical and electrical and electronics engineering (EEE) at Birla Institute of Technology, BITS Pilani. He then pursued PhD in robotics and artificial intelligence from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg.

•Around six years ago, Kiran and his colleagues Michael Koperwas, Brian Cantwell and Paige Warner from ILM developed the facial performance-capture system.

kiran Bhat and his team developed the animations and expressive faces that can be used to power applications in VR, gaming, messaging, e-commerce and virtual classrooms for individuals and businesses around the world.

with a great effort, He has also built a  technology for creating personalised and 3D digital avatars from photographs that can be plugged into games, messaging bots, social virtual reality and e-commerce.


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"This was first used in Avengers for the character Hulk where we captured the expressions of Mark Ruffalo. A helmet fit with two cameras was placed on Ruffalo's head when he acted on the set. With this, we transferred Raffalo's expressions into the digital character". While in Avengers, "We sought help of Guy Henry who studied Peter Cushing's work. He enacted like him and we captured his expressions," said Kiran.

             

The technology was used in other movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Warcraft, Star Wars Episode VII and Star Wars Rogue One. 

Kiran quit ILM almost a year ago and started his own venture Loom.ai where he has built a technology for creating personalized and 3D digital avatars from photographs that can be plugged into games, messaging bots, social virtual reality and e-commerce. "It was nominated as one of the top five tech trends in the US for the year 2017 in today's show of NBC," said Kiran's father Srinivasa Bhat, adding that he is happy that his son has made his country proud.

Bhat is the eighth Indian to have won the prestigious Oscar award.

He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

Asked if such technology would be introduced in Indian cinema, Bhat said, "The technology is very expensive, and is pretty much restricted within big studios in the US. Also, there are some constraints with the intellectual property. But there is a lot spoken about the technology during conferences. So if one is motivated, he or she can easily pick it up."

While Indian themes have dominated and won at the prestigious awards ceremony. Kiran Bhat, a brilliant youth from coimbatore who has bagged Oscar  for his distinct technical breakthrough in the field of design and development of ILM facial performance-capture system brought laurels and pride to his parents and people of Indian. We wish Kiran Bhat and his team all the best that  worked incredibly hard.


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