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Populating Ancient Pompeii with Crowds of Virtual Romans

Jonathan Maïm, Simon Haegler, Barbara Yersin, Pascal Mueller, Daniel Thalmann and Luc Van Gool
Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Intelligent Cultural Heritage
November 2007

Abstract

Pompeii was a Roman city, destroyed and completely buried during an eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. We have revived its past by creating a 3D model of its previous appearance and populated it with crowds of Virtual Romans. In this paper, we detail the process, based on archaeological data, to simulate ancient Pompeii life in real time. In a first step, an annotated city model is generated using procedural modelling. These annotations contain semantic data, such as land usage, building age, and window/door labels. In a second phase, the semantics are automatically interpreted to populate the scene and trigger special behaviors in the crowd, depending on the location of the characters. Finally, we describe the system pipeline, which allows for the simulation of thousands of Virtual Romans in real time.


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@InProceedings{eth_biwi_00696,
  author = {Jonathan Maïm and Simon Haegler and Barbara Yersin and Pascal Mueller and Daniel Thalmann and Luc Van Gool},
  title = {Populating Ancient Pompeii with Crowds of Virtual Romans},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Intelligent Cultural Heritage},
  year = {2007},
  month = {November},
  editor = {D. Arnold and F. Niccolucci and A. Chalmers},
  keywords = {VAST}
}