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  1. Placing and orienting a camera to compose aesthetically meaningful shots of a scene is not only a key objective in real-world photography and cinematography but also for virtual content creation. The framing of a camera often significantly contributes to the story telling in movies, games, and mixed reality applications. Generating single camera poses or even contiguous trajectories either requires a significant amount of manual labor or requires solving highdimensional optimization problems, which can be computationally demanding and error-prone. In this paper, we introduce GAIT, a Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) agent, that learns to automatically control a camera to generate a sequence of aesthetically meaningful views for synthetic 3D indoor scenes. To generate sequences of frames with high aesthetic value, GAIT relies on a neural aesthetics estimator, which is trained on a crowed-sourced dataset. Additionally, we introduce regularization techniques for diversity and smoothness to generate visually interesting trajectories for a 3D environment, and to constrain agent acceleration in the reward function to generate a smooth sequence of camera frames. We validated our method by comparing it to baseline algorithms, based on a perceptual user study, and through ablation studies. The source code of our method will be released with the final version of our paper. 
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  8. Task-dependent controllers widely used in exoskeletons track predefined trajectories, which overly constrain the volitional motion of individuals with remnant voluntary mobility. Energy shaping, on the other hand, provides task-invariant assistance by altering the human body's dynamic characteristics in the closed loop. While human-exoskeleton systems are often modeled using Euler-Lagrange equations, in our previous work we modeled the system as a port-controlled-Hamiltonian system, and a task-invariant controller was designed for a knee-ankle exoskeleton using interconnection-damping assignment passivity-based control. In this paper, we extend this framework to design a controller for a backdrivable hip exoskeleton to assist multiple tasks. A set of basis functions that contains information of kinematics is selected and corresponding coefficients are optimized, which allows the controller to provide torque that fits normative human torque for different activities of daily life. Human-subject experiments with two able-bodied subjects demonstrated the controller's capability to reduce muscle effort across different tasks. 
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