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About GATE

GATE final publication 2012
Results from the GATE research project
a 75 page overview (pfd 4.7 Mb)

GATE Magazine 2010
a 36-page overview of the GATE project (pdf 5.3 Mb

Research themes:
Theme 1: Modeling the virtual World
Theme 2: Virtual characters
Theme 3: Interacting with the world
Theme 4: Learning with simulated worlds

Pilot Education Story Box
Pilot Education Carkit
Pilot Safety Crisis management
Pilot Healthcare Scottie
Pilot Healthcare Wiihabilitainment

Knowledge Transfer Projects:
Sound Design 
Motion Controller
Mobile Learning
Glengarry Glen Ross
Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain
Pedestrian and Vehicle Traffic Interactions
Semantic Building Blocks for Declarative Virtual World Creation 
Computer Animation for Social Signals and Interactive Behaviors


Center for Advanced Gaming and Simulation
Department of Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University
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3508 TB Utrecht
The Netherlands
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 ICTRegie is a compact, independent organisation consisting of a Supervisory Board, an Advisory Council, a director and a bureau. The Minister of Economic Affairs, and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science bear the political responsibility for ICTRegie. The organisation is supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and SenterNovem.

Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain with Procedural Details

Knowledge Transfer Project
Enriching Geo-Specific Terrain with Procedural Details

GIS data commonly available is typically coarse and lacks the information and details to automatically obtain 3D terrain models of a level of quality sufficient for training games such as Levee Patroller. To avoid adding large amounts of such details by hand, procedural modeling techniques are an attractive alternative. Commercial geo-specific terrain modeling packages can add procedural detail only to a very limited extent. GATE's already developed sketch-based modeling framework SketchaWorld has more sophisticated procedural methods to generate rich 3D terrain models, based on sketches made by users. This project will provide procedural modeling techniques for enriching coarse GIS data with details that are life-like and match within the geo-specific context. These tools and techniques will allow one to quickly obtain virtual worlds that are based on GIS source data and are suitable for training use in Levee Patroller, so that trainees are able to learn in a virtual world that they perceive as their own environment.

Project Participants
Delft University of Technology

Contact Rafael Bidarra