Multiresolution Modeling, Time-Critical Rendering, External Memory Algorithms, Efficient Rendering on Programmable Graphics Hardware, Visual and Haptic Virtual Environments, Scientific Visualisation, Surgical Simulation.
The Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (CRS4) is an interdisciplinary applied research centre based in Pula (CA), Italy.
Computer graphics activities activities have been carried out at CRS4 since its creation in 1991, in the framework of the Scientific Visualization Group, whose main focus was on developing efficient visualization techniques to be applied to problems arising from scientific simulations. The Visual Computing group, (ViC), formerly Visualization and Virtual Reality Group (VVR), extends these activities to span outside the scientific visualization boundaries and deal with advanced applications of visual simulation techniques.
The group is directed by Enrico Gobbetti, and is currently composed of seven full-staff researchers and software engineers.
CRS4 is located in building 1 of the POLARIS Science and Technology Park, about 40Km West of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (see here for directions).
Most of the infrastructure and activities of the group are being financed by industrial and government projects.
The Visual Computing group is one of the seven groups that structure CRS4 research and development activities. It cooperates with all other research groups at CRS4 on multidisciplinary research projects and also supports them with specialized visualization services.
Most of the group's research activities are carried out in the context of large national and international projects. For more details please see the CRS4 Scientific Report.
CRS4 develops and applies innovative solutions across a broad range of important areas by leveraging its key strengths in several scientific and technological disciplines. These areas encompass large-scale computational problems that require application of advanced simulation techniques supported by High Performance Computing and the timely integration of newly emerging Information and Communications Technology. The focus is on problems stemming from natural, social and industrial environments. The aim is the development and analysis of appropriate mathematical models, their numerical solution by advanced algorithms and innovative software tools for programming and visualization, as well as the validation and assessment of results based on benchmark problems.
The research goal of CRS4 Visual Computing group is to develop powerful interactive 3D tools for scientific visualization and visual simulation.
Current projects range from desktop 3D tools to immersive virtual environments with haptic feedback. In particular, our team is currently focusing on real-time medical simulation, time-critical visualization of large scale terrain databases, and interactive visualization of global illumination solutions. Check our projects, publications, and multimedia pages for more information on our activities.
|MONTEPRAMA1: 3D digitization of the Mont'e Prama statues|
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoCAOR under contract ARCHEOCAOR/CRS4 1
|DIVA: Data Intensive Visualization and Analysis|
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract 290277
|INDIGO: Innovative Training and Decision Support for Emergency Operations|
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract 242341
|GEXCEL-MPCMV: Massive Point Cloud Management and Visualization|
Funded by Gexcel under contract Research contract
|RATMAN-RER3D: Rapidly Adaptive Terrain Models Available on the Net: Reuse|
Funded by SardegnaIT under contract D. Lgs. 82/05
|DISTRICT-LAB3D: Acquisition, Distribution, and Visualization of Complex 3D Models Laboratory|
Funded by Regione Sardegna under contract POR Sardegna 2000-2006 Misura 3.13
|SBLGSM-IRAD: Small-body Low-Gravity Surface Mobility|
Funded by Johns Hopkins University under contract 967735
|SPSRD-IRAD: Accurate and realistic portrayal of planetary terrain data at interactive update rates to support simulation for planetary surface robotics development|
Funded by Johns Hopkins University under contract 950916
|V-CITY: The Virtual City|
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract ICT-231199-V-CITY
|3DANATOMICALHUMAN: 3D Anatomical Functional Models for the Human Musculoskeletal System|
Funded by EU Marie Curie Program under contract MRTN-CT-2006-035763
|RATMAN-SIT1: Rapidly Adaptive Terrain Models Available on the Net: Framework Extensions|
Funded by SardegnaIT under contract Contenuti Digitali - D.Lgs. 163/06 2b - L.R. 5/07 1a
|CYBERSAR: Cyberinfrastructure for technological and scientific research in Sardinia|
Funded by Italian Ministry of Instruction, University, and Research under contract CYBERSAR
|BOEING777: Real-time Display of very large 3D Commercial Airplanes Models|
Funded by CRS4/Boeing Agreement under contract 11357
|COHERENT: Collaborative Holographic Environments for Networked Tasks|
Funded by EU Sixth Framework Program under contract IST-FP6-510166
|CRIMSON: The Crisis Simulation System|
Funded by EU Sixth Framework Program under contract SEC4-PR-011500
|CSR-VIC-TERRAIN3D: Rapidly Adaptive Terrain Models Available on the Net|
Funded by Sardinian Regional Authorities under contract CSR
|EYESIM: Cataract Surgery Simulator|
Funded by DIES Group under contract DIES2
|VS: Vascular Simulator|
Funded by DIES Group under contract DIES1
|IERAPSI: An Integrated Environment for Rehearsal And Planning of Surgical Interventions|
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-1999-12175
|DIVERCITY: Distributed Virtual Workspace for Enhancing Communication within the Construction Industry|
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-1999-13365
|VPLANET: The Virtual Planet|
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-2000-28095
|CAVALCADE: Collaborative Virtual Construction and Design|
Funded by EU Fourth Framework Program under contract ESPRIT-26285
|MIGAVIS: Discontinuous Finite Element Visualization|
Funded by ENEL Polo Termico under contract MIGAVIS
|VREPAR2: Psycho-Neuro-Physiological Assessment and Rehabilitation 2|
Funded by EU Fourth Framework Program under contract TELEMATICS
|VIVA: The Virtual Vascular Project|
Funded by EU Eureka Program under contract EU-1063, HPPC-SEA Chapter F
|MIRRORS: Mirror Neurons and the Observation/Execution Matching System|
Funded by Human Frontiers Science Program under contract MIRRORS
|URBAN: Uniformed Reconstructions of the Brain Available on the Net|
Funded by Italian Ministry of Instruction, University, and Research under contract D. D. 784 Ric. 24/07/2001
|LAPS: Advanced Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design and Simulation|
Funded by Italian Ministry of Instruction, University, and Research under contract D. M. 645 4/101997, Cluster 22, Project 41D
|BRAIN: Software Tools for Primate Brain Reconstruction from Histological Sections|
Funded by University of Parma under contract BRAIN
CNES, France; CS SI, France; CSTB, France; DLR, Germany; ENEL PTE, Italy; ESA, The Netherlands; ETH, Switzerlan; FFNS, France; IGN, France; ISTI/CNR, Italy.