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Matthias Wittmann

The AI within the AI. How Douglas talks.

A live, interactive demo and a look behind the scenes of Digital Domain’s fully autonomous digital human, Douglas. Matthias will discuss the computer graphics processes and machine intelligence technologies the team used to create the character’s appearance, voice, expressions, mannerisms and behaviour, especially in conversation.

A recognized digital human pioneer, Matthias Wittmann has worked as an innovator, animator and supervisor on groundbreaking digital humans for features, experiential and special projects at Digital Domain since 2004. With a unique background merging his artistic and technological expertise, Matthias now specializes in developing believable interactive virtual humans in real-time engines. His work has achieved recognition across the industry, including a Visual Effects Society award for «Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture» for «The Curious Case of Benjamin Button», a Grand NClio for «Virtual 2Pac – Coachella» and a VES nomination for the character Thistlewit in «Maleficent».

In 2014, Matthias left Digital Domain for a brief period to pursue his interest in real-time engines, first with MPC and later with Method EXP, creating interactive virtual celebrities for augmented reality and full-sized, highly detailed interactive virtual humans for VR. In 2019, Matthias returned to Digital Domain to join the Digital Human Group and New Media department as a VFX supervisor. In his role, he applies his unique skill set to the studio’s development of autonomous virtual humans using Unreal Engine. Additionally, Matthias supervises projects involving interactive virtual humans and oversees facial capture and scanning for features, episodic and more.

While an artist by heart, Matthias believes in embracing new and emerging technologies to push the envelope in his field. He is an essential part of the Digital Domain family who makes the impossible–possible.

Keynote speaker:
Matthias Wittmann (virtual guest)

November 12th, 2021
6:00 to 6:30 pm

Kino Toni, 3.G02
Zurich University of the Arts


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Portrait: Matthias Wittmann.
Portrait: Matthias Wittmann.