The history of the Visual Computing Lab of CNR-ISTI began more than 25 years ago, with the friendship and collaboration of Claudio Montani (formerly CNR-IEI, now CNR-ISTI Director) and Roberto Scopigno (formerly CNR-CNUCE, now head of the VClab).
We have initially focused on scientific visualization, then moved to geometry processing, multiresolution representation / visualization, deformable models, 3D digitization, texturing and mesh parameterization.
Currently, our main application domain is Cultural Heritage (that is a rather natural choice since we live in Tuscany), including virtual museums, restoration, documentation and rapid reproduction.
Only a minority of the lab members have permanent positions, most of members' salaries are paid by several research projects (EC, Regional and National funds).
Research activity has been recently organized under three main threads:
This branch focuses on interactive algorithms and applications for Computer Graphics, mainly focusing on real-time rendering constraints, with the term rendering intended in a broad sense (photorealistic, massive data management, ad-hoc solutions for specific presentation purposes). Solutions are designed for both desktop and mobile devices; the design of multiresolution data management solutions is a basic resource for many projects in this strand. more...
This thread is focused on the use of cutting-edge Computer Graphics for the support of Cultural Heritage. This includes not only the presentation of artifacts to the public, but also the development, experimentation and dissemination of new algorithms and tools to help the experts (art historians, restorers, archeologists) in their everyday work. more...
Geometry Processing trend includes methodologies for shape analysis and characterization, mesh parametrization and its applications.
First, we aim to apply such techniques for re-meshing, compression and visualization. This includes quadrilateral mesh generation (useful in the entertainment industry, architectural modeling more...
Nov 30th, 2015
Marco Callieri from our lab was chosen to start the first course in the context of a huge initiative by the Indian Government. The Global Initiative of Academic Networks GIAN aims at involving the excellence of research in the world to meet with the Indian academic and research centers. Marco will give a course titled ' 3D Digitization for Cultural Heritage ' between 30th November and 11th December 2015. The webcast of the course can be accessed at iitgn.vmukti.com .
Oct 12th, 2015
Our work LecceAR, an augmented reality app for iOS won the best paper award at the Digital Presentation and Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage (DIPP2015) conference. This work enriches the camera streaming of a mobile device (i.e. tablets or smartphones) inserting 3D models in a seamless way. More information about this project can be found at the official website of the app LecceAR.
Oct 12th, 2015
Yes, Digital Heritage 2015 (Granada, Spain, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2) was an extremely successful event. VCGlab has contributed substantially to this event, R. Scopigno co-chaired the IPC and we presented three papers. We are proud of the results: more than 300 submissions, around 500 participants and a very rich scientific program. Responses got so far are very good.
We have also received one of the Best papers Award, for the paper: ' Alchemy in 3D – A Digitization for a Journey Through Matter' ( project's webpage Alchemy in 3D) by Marco Callieri, Paolo Pingi, Marco Potenziani, Matteo Dellepiane, Gaia Pavoni, Aurelia Lureau, Roberto Scopigno.