Frédéric LARUE
PhD. in Computer Science

I am currently holding a researcher position in
the Visual Computing Group, at the CNR of Pisa, Italia,
as a post-doctoral fellow granted by the ERCIM fellowship program.

Click here to download my Curriculum Vitae

.: Research topics :.
3D digitization: acquisition of geometrical data from real objects; design of new protocol for the digitization of delicate objects intended to the archiving of art pieces.
Texture acquisition: reflectance properties acquisition from real surfaces; acquisition and visualization of surface light fields; application in real time visualisation of digital copies of art pieces.
Real-time rendering: Real-time rendering of transparent refractive objects.

.: Projects and involvements :.
European project 3D-COFORM (FP7) 2010
My current post-doctoral position at the CNR of Pisa, Italy, allowed me to bring some contributions to the 3D-COFORM Consortium, which aims at establishing 3D documentation as an affordable, practical and effective mechanism for long term documentation of tangible cultural heritage.

For more information, see the website of the 3D-COFORM European Project.

Exhibition at the Deutsches Museum 2009
As an ERCIM post-doctoral fellow at the Fraunhofer Institut IAIS, Bonn, Germany, I joined a project which took place in the frame of a collaboration with the Deutsches Museum (museum of technologies), in Munich.
The goal was to develop an exhibition about an ancient spectrometer built during the 19th century by Joseph Von Fraunhofer (1787-1826), thanks to which the famous Frauhofer lines (dark stripes appearing in the light spectrum due to absorption caused by some chemical elements) were for the first time extensively studied. The idea was to propose to visitors means of interaction enabling them to reproduce virtually the experiments performed by Fraunhofer. Thanks to a multimedia terminal, the user is then able to manipulate the virtual spectrometer without any risk for the original one, exhibited next to it. Our motivation was to provide to visitors, through the use of new technologies, a better understanding of these experiments thanks to their direct involvement in an interactive and edutaining experience.

This exhibition can be seen in the Zentrum Neue Technologien (New Technologies Center) of the Deutsches Museum since its opening, the 19th November 2009.

French national project ATROCO (ANR) 2007-2010
The main idea of this research project is to simplify the whole processing chain, from acquisition up to rendering:
  • To develop acquisition methods requireing few human intervention (and then easily exploitable by non expert users) dedicated to the simultaneous capture of geometry and appearence of real objects.
  • To post-process acquired data in order to make them suitable to real-time rendering, combining geometric and image-based representations.
  • To consider compositing with real world, for Augmented Reality applications, accounting for lighting simulations within complex environments.
The targeted applications are: Cultural Heritage (for archiving or public's disposal), as well as potential users who need immersion of real objects into virtual scenes (cinema, video games, etc.).

In the frame of this project, I have spent one year to setup and to develop a robust 3D scanning framework, proposing many tools covering the whole digitization pipeline for the needs of the LSIIT lab.

French national project AMI3D (RIAM) 2004-2006
My PhD. work on digitization made part of a French national project funded by the network RIAM, created by the ministries of Industry, Research, Culture and Communication in order to support innovation in the fields of audiovisual and multimedia.
The project AMI3D (Archiving and MicroIdentification in 3D) had two major purposes: the visualization of art pieces through virtual galleries and their authentication by means of reliable digital imprints.
These works have been made in collaboration with the compagny HOLO3, Saint-Louis (68), and the laboratory LIGIV, Saint-Etienne (42).

Here is the poster of the project AMI3D