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 at VC Lab spreads several themes:
This is a consolidated topic of interest for the lab, with many results produced concerning both 3D digitization (scanning systems, algorithms for raw data processing, etc) and 2D methods (here our activity mostly focused on advanced 2D media, such as Reflection Transformation Images and panoramic images). more...
Our activity on Geometry Processing 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...
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 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...
The main aim of industrial prototyping is to create a tangible representation of an arbitrary digital geometry. In this thread we mainly focus on solving the limitations of current 3D printing technologies. Moreover, we are also interested in leveraging the potential of computational fabrication techniques for the creation of advanced functional artifacts. more...
Apr 20th, 2017
The Visual Computing Lab has curated and developed the Interactive Digital System of the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche within the international and itinerant exhibition ' The Loggia of Cupid and Psyche – Raffaello and Giovanni da Udine – Colours of Prosperity: Fruits from the Old and New World in Villa Farnesina, Rome April 20 – July 20 2017 '. The system allows access to the 'digital Loggia' and permits the visitor to navigate freely through the high-resolution panoramic image of the painted ceiling, to admire it from a closer point of view and to consult the results of historical, botanical and scientific analyses performed on the selected species. The system is available online and with an interactive kiosk in the Farnesina building. Discover more at digital Loggia.
Mar 1th-8th, 2017
Our colleague Paolo Cignoni has been promoted Research Director, after a very tough CNR competition which awarded only 15 colleagues out of 170 participants. This is a great success for Paolo and for all the lab, we are very happy and congratulate with Paolo!Following the Italian tradition, a great dinner will follow (we are looking forward)!
Mar 7th-8th, 2017
Roberto Scopigno has been invited to present a keynote talk at the Symposium on 'Illumination of Material Culture: A Symposium on Computational Photography and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)', jointly organized by the Metropolitan Museum and CHI at New York (USA), March 7-8, 2017. Scopigno has presented some recent results of the Visual Computing Lab concerning new technologies for web visualization of visual media (RTI images, 3D models).
The Met has grabbed a video of the presentation available on Facebook.