In Jewish folklore, a GOLEM (pronounced goilem) is an animated being created entirely from inanimate matter. The name appears to derive from the word gelem, which means”raw material”. It is the matter which God shaped into the form of Adam, before breathing the breath of life into his nostrils.
The overall objective of GOLEM is to share knowledge between Industry and Academia in order to successfully achieve the following scientific and technological objectives. The main goal of the project is to carry out multidisciplinary research that will result in technology that radically improves the visual appearance and behaviour of virtual characters (avatars), while streamlining the production pipeline and keeping them customizable and affordable. This will have a relevant impact in 1) industries (such as movies or games) 2) academia (by advancing the state of the art in the related research fields) and 3) neuroscience (by using the avatars in novel experiments about presence in virtual environments). All these will be analyzed in the following sections.