Touché: Data-Driven Interactive Sword Fighting in Virtual Reality

Javier Dehesa, Andrew Vidler, Christof Lutteroth, Julian Padget

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VR games offer new freedom for players to interact naturally using motion. This makes it harder to design games that react to player motions convincingly. We present a framework for VR sword fighting experiences against a virtual character that simplifies the necessary technical work to achieve a convincing simulation. The framework facilitates VR design by abstracting from difficult details on the lower “physical” level of interaction, using data-driven models to automate both the identification of user actions and the synthesis of character animations. Designers are able to specify the character's behaviour on a higher “semantic” level using parameterised building blocks, which allow for control over the experience while minimising manual development work. We conducted a technical evaluation, a questionnaire study and an interactive user study. Our results suggest that the framework produces more realistic and engaging interactions than simple hand-crafted interaction logic, while supporting a controllable and understandable behaviour design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2020
EventACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020 (CHI 2020) - Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, USA United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
Conference number: 2020

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020 (CHI 2020)
Abbreviated titleCHI
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
Internet address


  • virtual reality
  • sword fighting
  • machine learning
  • animation
  • gesture recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction


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