Michiel van de Panne

Professor

Office
ICCS
X865
Office Phone #
604-822-8737
On leave July 1 2020 - July 1 2021

Academic Information

B.A.Sc., University of Calgary (1987); M.A.Sc., University of Toronto (1989); Ph.D., University of Toronto (1994); Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (1993-1998); Associate Professor, University of Toronto (1998-2001); Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia (1999-2001); Motion Playground Inc. (2000-2004 ); Associate Professor, UBC (2001-2008 ); Full Professor, UBC (2008-)

Interest Keywords

reinforcement learning
control
physics-based simulation of movement
human animation
robotics

Interests

My research interests that span reinforcement learning, control, physics-based simulation of human and animal movement, robotics, computer animation, and computer graphics. How can we develop models of human and animal movement that match their skills and agility in real life?  What is the best way to learn new motor skills?  How can we develop reinforcement learning and planning methods that transfer well to the real world, as opposed to being limited to simulations?

Selected Publications

ALLSTEPS: Curriculum-driven Learning of Stepping Stone Skills. 
Zhaoming Xie, Hung Yu Ling, Nam Hee Kim, and Michiel van de Panne. 
ACM/EG Symposium on Computer Animation, 2020.  

Character Controllers using Motion VAEs.
Hung Yu Ling, Fabio Zinno, George Cheng, Michiel van de Panne
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2020)    

DeepMimic: Example-Guided Deep Reinforcement Learning of Physics-Based Character Skills
Xue Bin Peng, Pieter Abbeel, Sergey Levine, Michiel van de Panne
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2018)

DeepLoco: Dynamic Locomotion Skills Using Hierarchical Deep Reinforcement Learning
Xue Bin Peng, Glen Berseth, KangKang Yin, Michiel van de Panne
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH 2017)

Research Interests

graphics
machine learning
artificial intelligence
robotics

Research Groups

AI: Artificial Intelligence
CAIDA: Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making & Action
Imager: Laboratory for Graphics, Visualization and HCI

Latest Courses

2019 Winter

CPSC 533V - Topics in Computer Graphics
CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics

2018 Winter

CPSC 426 - Computer Animation
CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics

2017 Winter

CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics
CPSC 526 - Computer Animation

2016 Winter

CPSC 426 - Computer Animation
CPSC 314 - Computer Graphics