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Peter Plantec is a writer, digital artist and software designer.
As president of Virtual Personalities, Inc., Plantec was responsible for the design and development of Sylvie, the first practical commercial virtual human interface using an animated human face. He is Contributing Editor of STUDIO magazines in New York and a columnist at VFXWorld.
In 2004, he published Virtual Humans, around which has grown a community of software developers, graphic artists and A.I. researchers.
Plantec is a frequent presenter and host at various film and animation conferences worldwide. He is Co-Chair of Mundos Digitales in La Coruña, Spain and hosts and sits on the Board of Associates of FMX, Europe's largest digital entertainment conference in Stuttgart where he curates and hosts the FMX Virtual Humans Forum. In 2008, he was a special guest of the People of China at their ICCIE international arts and culture expo, where he gave several talks on virtual humans. He is also an advisor to Design Cinema Conference in Istanbul, and VIEW Conference in Turin. He also gave a talk about virtual humans at SIGGRAPH ASIA in Singapore, in 2008. In 2010, he was a special guest at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for a presentation on virtual actors arranged to assuage fears that virtual actors would take jobs from Screen Actors Guild members.
- Virtual Humans: A Build-It-Yourself Kit, Complete with Software and Step-by-Step Instructions ; Creating the Illusion of Personality. New York, NY: AMACOM, 2004. ISBN 978-0814472217
- Caligari TrueSpace2 Bible. Foster City, CA: IDG Books Worldwide, 1996. ISBN 978-1568848419
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