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We use the hardware facilities of the Silicon Graphics IRIS to create the synthetic vision, more precisely we use the flat shading and z-buffer drawing capabilities of the graphic engine. The vision module has a modified version of the drawing routine traveling the world; instead of giving the real color of the object to the graphic engine, this routine gives a code, call the vision_id, which is unique for each object and actor in the world. This code allows the image recognition and interpretation.
31 Fig. 1. Dynamics-based motion We developed a special automaton for walking in complex environments with local vision based path optimization. So an actor continues walking even if he detects a future collision in front of him. By dynamically figuring out a new path during walking he can avoid the collision without halting. We also proposed a system for the automatic derivation of a human curved walking trajectory  from the analysis provided by its synthetic vision module. A general methodology associates the two low-level modules of vision and walking with a planning module which establishes the middle term path from the knowledge of the visualized environment.
From Animals to Animats, Proc. 2nd International Conf. on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, MIT Press, pp. 225-232 39. , Terzopoulos D. (1994) "Artificial Fishes: Physics, Locomotion, Perception, Behavior". In: Proc. SIGGRAPH '94, Computer Graphics pp. 42-48 40. , Terzopoulos D. (1994b) "PerceptuM Modeling for the BehaviorM Animation of Fishes". In: Proc. Pacific Graphics '94, World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, pp. 165-178 41. Wilhelms J. (1990) "A "Notion" for Interactive Behavioral Animation Control".