Frederic Fol Leymarie, a professor of Computing, is the co-director and co-founder (in 2008) of the post-graduate program in Computer Games and Entertainment at Goldsmiths, University of London. On the research front, Frederic is developing a mathematical language for shape representation with potential for applications in various domains and industries, from the Arts and Performance areas to Biology, Medicine, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Architecture, and more. He is the co-founder of London Geometry (in 2011), a leading consultancy, providing professional training for the games industry and developing serious games and interactive graphics solutions.
Frederic did his studies in the realm of A.I. first at McGill University, Canada (at the Center for Intelligent Machines) and then at Brown University, USA (in the Engineering Division), where he was co-founder of the SHAPE Lab (in 2000).
“Drawing, Gestures, Robots”
The art of drawing provides an interesting domain of study to learn about human visual perception, movements, artistic generative skills, and explore their biomimicry in articulated machines. In turn, such robotic systems provide platforms to further study the human capacity to dynamically create artefacts.
I will briefly survey the state of the art which sits at the intersection of this multi-disciplinary research domain, and then present recent developments in my group where we focus on the art of graffiti writing and the related venerable discipline of calligraphy. Specifically, our approach is informed by the field of graphonomics which is focused on the computational analysis and synthesis of handwriting traces and motions. More generally our work is centred on an understanding of the movement dynamics that underlie the generation of various art forms. We also aim at developing computational models that can enable the transfer of complex and personal artistic skills to robotic platforms.