3DHOP: 3D Heritage Online Presenter

Visionary Cross Project

Pisa Griffin, islamic bronzes

Who are we? Where are we going?

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:

3D/2D Digitization

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...

Geometry Processing

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...

Interactive Graphics

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...

3D Graphics for Cultural Heritage

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...

3D Fabrication

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...


R. Scopigno presented a keynote talk at a symposium organized by the Metropolitan Museum and CHI, New York (USA)

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.

Joint CNR-ISTI and CNRS-MAP research lab on 3D digitisation and CH applications

Jan 12th, 2017

A new project has been recently financed, starting in 2017: a joint international research lab on 3D digitisation, where the skills and technical resources of CNR-ISTI and CNRS-MAP (led by Livio de Luca) will be integrated.

Several issues stand between the current 3D digitization technologies and their massive use, especially in the Cultural Heritage (CH) domain. The aim of this joint lab project is to integrate the skills and previous expertise of two international leader labs, to design new solutions to make massive acquisition really possible in the near future.

The main goal of the first part of the project will be to design new practical approaches for high-fidelity digitization and color/reflectance sampling, and to implement tools for web-based collaborative use and semantic enrichment of the 3D models. A collateral but not secondary result will the the design of a digitization platform to be shared with the respective Culture Ministries.

Check it out! FlexMolds on Siggraph Asia's official trailer!

Nov 29th, 2016

We are proud to announce that our paper FlexMolds: Automatic Design of Flexible Shells for Molding has been selected for the official cinematic trailer of the largest event on Computer Graphics in Asia! The paper will be presented in two weeks by Luigi Malomo .

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