AI researchers from Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain, propose a new method of machine learning contact deformations for real-time dynamic simulation

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Modeling touch and deformations has sparked interest in computer graphics because it allows computer-generated models of people and their surroundings to be brought to life. Despite significant advances in the field, scientists are still struggling to reproduce high-resolution contact at interactive speeds.

Many researchers are investigating ways to incorporate machine learning approaches to model contact-induced strains, inspired by their success in modeling self-driven strains, or strains that occur due to the motion of an object. . The methods developed so far learn rich nonlinear deformations as a function of the subspace state using a subspace representation of the deformable object. However, ML algorithms modeling contact strain only simulate smooth global contact responses or exhibit extremely restricted 3D interactions.

According to the researchers, the previously developed models have certain limitations. The deformations are modeled in an object-centric way, which is a good choice for self-driving deformations because they are smooth with respect to the subspace state of the object, and machine learning enables a high generalizability even from sparse data. Contact-driven deformations, on the other hand, are not smooth on the state of the object. Therefore, machine learning of these deformations would require intensive sampling of the object’s subspace state. This is problematic because the configuration space is huge and difficult to cover.

A new study by researchers at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Meta Reality Labs presents a contact-focused technique for learning contact-induced deformations. The new approach published in the paper, “Contact-Centric Deformation Learning”, differs from previous deformation learning strategies, demonstrating excellent generalization in terms of the subspace state of the object.

The approach is based on three main components:

  1. Contact strains are modeled in contact-centric matter, which is based on the local reference of a collider. Since contact strains are smoother when modeled in a contact-centric fashion, their results suggest that this technique allows for better generalization and earlier, more accurate learning, since contact strains are smoother when ‘they are modeled in a way centered on the contact.
  2. The contact strain field can be used to generalize continuity and differentiability to previously unknown configurations. Moreover, the researchers considered the contact strains as a continuous vector field. They learn the continuous field directly rather than learning a discrete approximation.
  3. The contact pattern and associated contact strains have a sparse mapping. Localization of contact strains can be used to learn them efficiently from sparse data.

They combined dynamic subspace warping with quasi-static contact-based detail expressed in the same subspace, resulting in fast and detailed simulations. They used the method for real-time dynamic simulations of various deformable objects. They demonstrate simulations of 2D and 3D subspaces and 3D simulations of the MANO hand model, constructed with bounded generalized biharmonic coordinates.

The present contact-centric modeling approach is used to simulate deformable objects. However, the team says this approach could be useful for other object interaction challenges, such as joint hand and object monitoring or grip synthesis.

Article: http://mslab.es/projects/ContactCentricLearning/contents/Romero_SIG2022_final.pdf

Github: http://mslab.es/projects/ContactCentricLearning/

References:

  • http://mslab.es/projects/ContactCentricLearning/
  • https://80.lv/articles/contact-deformations-machine-learning-for-real-time-dynamic-simulation/

James G. Williams