CORDIS-ANIMA : A physically-based modelling language

Current work concerns formalization of non-linear complexes (memory interaction, irreversibility, phase transitions...) Stability of the basic concepts of CORDIS-ANIMA, as shown in various national and international publications, has permitted a large number of experiments and results.

CORDIS - ANIMA is both a generic formalism and a modelling language. It allows the user to conceive and describe any physical object or dynamic behavior that he wishes to model and simulate on a computer as a network of interconnected elementary discrete components.

It can be used either for simulation in sound-creation (CORDIS; cf. Thesis Cadoz, 1979), for image animation (ANIMA; cf. Thesis Luciani, 1981) or for robotics, surgery or teleoperation interactive simulations. It has been implemented in successive versions, following the evolution of computer technology :

  • 2nd implementation on  a specialized processor designed by ACROE (Thesis Berberyan, 1982) ;
  • 3rd implementation with new features on a real-time vector processor, 1988 ;
  • 4th implementation on Silicon Graphics stations, 1993 (cf. Thesis Uhl, 1996 and Giraud, 1998).

Research on CORDIS - ANIMA follows three directions :

  • conceptual : consistency, genericity, completeness, algorithmic optimizations
  • experimental : systematic experimentations of new models
  • practical : adding new features while maintaining conceptual completeness

Operational versions of CORDIS-ANIMA are available for either trial or sale : cf. ​Products