Recent significant progress in information processing technology and the advent of the ray tracing method have brought virtual (digital) human generated by realistic computer graphics closer to fulfillment. To create photorealistic expressions of a virtual human beyond the so-called “uncanny valley,” however, it is extremely important to acquire and reproduce data on the textures of the human face and skin on top of their precise shapes.
The client considers that useful technologies to solve the current challenges have been developed not only in the conventional information processing field but in a wide range of fields such as image/entertainment and healthcare, and therefore decided to make this RFP to gain a collaborative partner.
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
- Overall scientific and technical merit
- Demo videos (Focused on first screening)
- Approach to proof of concept or performance
- Economic potential of concept
- Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
- Potential for proprietary position
- Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals and demo videos. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.