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Concerning Massforge

My Ph.D. student Waleed and I were late coming back from a Targeted Excellence meeting on comptranslation, so I asked zengeneral to hold down the fort.

He gave a rather nice overview of the massforge project. His description of the short film was hilarious.

Here is the blurb from the user info page of the community:
MASSFORGE is the working name for the open-source core of a full-featured artificial life and intelligent agents-based multi-character animation system.

This core will be written in C and C++ with OpenGL, with intelligent agent and decision modeling aspect performed by the Bayesian Network tools in Java (BNJ) library or a C++ version of it.

Besides the core, our team is developing a closed-source reuse library of charater models and agents called (free for noncommercial use) called Kansas Agents-Based Animation Library (KABAL) and possibly one or more commercialized front-end applications known collectively as Bundle of Intelligent Tools for Simultaneous Interaction (BITSI).

To date, zengeneral's made a lot of progress on the rendering engine, scene geometry representation, environment, and intelligent control infrastruture. If you're interested in this code, subscribe to massforge and askbeg zengeneral for it!

Oh, BTW: have college students today really never heard of V? As in red powder, giant water-stealing ships, peel-away faces, lizardbabies, etc.? Wow. I feel old.



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Sep. 25th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
V? Never heard of it myself.
Sep. 25th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
ooh I remember V .. watched repeats of it there a while back on SciFi channel... t'was sooo corny but great!!

It's happened at work, we mention programmes and some of the younger ones look at us and go "huh"? .. Forget trying to even explain, it just serves to embarress you even more ..

Thing is at 33, I think I'm still young .. but they make me feel ancient ..no fair :(
Sep. 25th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
"a lot of progress on the rendering engine, scene geometry representation, environment, and intelligent control infrastruture"
I'm always impressed by what pros can do.

Mind, given that I can't get to 1st base this leaves me feeling castrated.

Sep. 26th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
There was very little sci-fi on at the time V hit. I loved it! My husband wouldn't consider the name Lydia for our daughter; just because another Lydia had a tongue a foot long seems a poor excuse to eliminate a name!
Sep. 27th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)

I remember calling her Lizzia.

Remember her fraternal twin?
That was one of the original OMGWTFSAURIANBEBEs.

Sep. 27th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: Lizzia
To call her Lizzia is so cruel (but funny). She was nice, wasn't she? Was her fraternal twin Martin? I can't remember. I was thinking they were the ones who thwarted evil Diana (good heavens, she freaked me out!).

SAURIANBEBE is a complete googlewhack.
Sep. 28th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Alas, as sad as it is, it's true...so many have not heard of V. The thing for me was I had a 6th grade spelling bee the night it aired. I even tried to get out of the bee because I really had no interest in going and had been roped into it by the school. The school didn't let me out of it...but we got home in time..you see this thing called a vcr was not in the general consumer vocabulary yet. Heh MTV had only been out a few years at that point.

I really liked V. It was a great show for it's time and filled the lack of sci-fi void. I want the DVDs...so remember the series?
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