Museum of Young Art, Vienna. September 21st, 2012

Important Dates:
13th July 2012: Deadline for extended abstract submission
17th August 2012: Notification of acceptance
7th September 2012: Camera ready abstracts

Facial animation is a broad and exciting area of research drawing on multiple disciplines: computer graphics and animation provide the means to render and display a face, computer vision can be used to measure, interpret and decode facial actions, while psychology can help provide the emotive human element of animation. However, creating convincing facial animation is an exceptionally difficult task – each one of us is an expert judge in deciding whether an animation is realistic or not. In today’s world, facial animation has more applications than ever before: from video game characters to movie actor doubles, from machine facial displays to psychological research stimuli.

Following on from the success of FAA 2009 (, and FAA 2010 (, we are pleased to announce a call for submissions for FAA 2012, in cooperation with ACM. The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry – particularly in VFX and games – interested in all aspects of facial animation and related analysis. Submissions are invited in the following broad topic areas:

• Acquisition of Facial Shape, Motion and Texture
• Performance Driven Animation and Expression Mapping
• Facial animation using Example Based Synthesis and Motion Graph based techniques
• Facial Animation Production Pipelines
• Visual Speech Synthesis
• Animation of Non-Linguistic Behaviors and Vocalisations
• Perception of Facial Animation and the “Uncanny Valley”
• Facial Rendering (Photorealistic and Non-Photorealistic)
• Virtual Characters for Telepresence / Embodied Virtual Agents
• Facial Model Based Coding and Compression
• Facial Analysis and Animation for Mobile Applications

Research should be submitted as a 1 page extended abstract using the SIGGRAPH formatting guidelines (see LaTeX and BibTeX class files following the “acmsiggraph” convention may be downloaded from ( An example submission may be found at (

Submissions do not need to be anonymous. Contributions should submitted following instructions on the FAA 2012 website. Authors of accepted submissions will have their work appear in the ACM Digital Library ( The program on the day will consist of both oral and poster presentations, including invited keynote talks from leading international experts.

Chairs: Darren Cosker (Uni. of Bath), Michael Pucher (FTW), Gregor Hofer (FTW), Michael Berger (Uni. of Edinburgh) and Will Smith (Uni. of York).

For general inquiries regarding FAA, including contact information for the organisers, please visit: