CRS4 Visual Computing Group

Core Competence

Multiresolution Modeling, Time-Critical Rendering, External Memory Algorithms, Efficient Rendering on Programmable Graphics Hardware, Visual and Haptic Virtual Environments, Scientific Visualisation, Surgical Simulation.

History

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.

Staff

The group is directed by Enrico Gobbetti, and is currently composed of seven full-staff researchers and software engineers.

Rooms and Locations

CRS4 is located in building 1 of the POLARIS Science and Technology Park, about 40Km West of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (see here for directions).

Financing

Most of the infrastructure and activities of the group are being financed by industrial and government projects.

Current Structure

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.

Current Research

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.

Important Recent Project Participations

Ongoing externally funded research projects

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3DCLOUDPRO: 3D Cloud Professional
Funded by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna under contract PIA 2013
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TDM: Tessuto Digitale Metropolitano (Digital Metropolitan Tissue)
Funded by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, POR FESR 2014-2020, Azione 1.2.2 POR FESR Sardegna 2014-2020 under contract DELIBERAZIONE RAS N. 66/14 DEL 13.12.2016
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MONTEPRAMA4: 3D digitization and exploration of Mont'e Prama Statues
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoSAR under contract ARCHEOSAR/CRS4 CIPE-93/2012
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Scan4Reco: Multimodal Scanning of Cultural Heritage Assets for their multilayered digitization and preventive conservation via spatiotemporal 4D Reconstruction and 3D Printing
Funded by EU H2020 under contract H2020-REFLECTIVE-7-2014 665091
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VASCO: A Virtual Studio for Security Concepts and Operations
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract 607737

Recently completed externally funded research projects

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MUSEOLIQUIDO: 3D scanning pipeline theory and practice
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoSAR under contract ARCHEOSAR/MUSEOLIQUIDO
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HELIOS: High-Fidelity Exploration of Annotated 3D Cultural Objects
Funded by RAS under contract L.R. 7/2007 - Ann. 2014
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MONTEPRAMA3: 3D virtual exploration of the Mont'e Prama statues - Sassari and Rome installation
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoSSNU under contract ARCHEOSSNU/CRS4 2
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GEXCEL-MPCMV-2.3.4: Massive Point Cloud Management and Visualization
Funded by Gexcel under contract RTD contract
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YDC2-1: Layout analysis research
Funded by Yale University under contract Yale/CRS4 Agreement 20140325
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MONTEPRAMA2: 3D virtual exploration of the Mont'e Prama statues
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoCAOR under contract ARCHEOCAOR/CRS4 2
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TADES: Enabling technologies for archival, distribution, and exploration of high-resolution triangulated 3D surfaces models
Funded by POR Sardegna FESR 2007/2013/Asse VI-6.1.1.A/Azioni Cluster Top Down under contract TADES
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MONTEPRAMA1: 3D digitization of the Mont'e Prama statues
Funded by MIBAC/ArcheoCAOR under contract ARCHEOCAOR/CRS4 1
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MANESCO: Advanced computational methods for color and shape digitization of large 3D scenes
Funded by POR FESR 2007-2013 Asse VI/6.2.2.i and 6.2.3.a under contract E75C13000230007
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DIVA: Data Intensive Visualization and Analysis
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract 290277
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INDIGO: Innovative Training and Decision Support for Emergency Operations
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract 242341
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SBLGSM-IRAD: Small-body Low-Gravity Surface Mobility
Funded by Johns Hopkins University under contract 967735
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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
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GEXCEL-MPCMV-1: Massive Point Cloud Management and Visualization
Funded by Gexcel under contract RTD contract
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RATMAN-RER3D: Rapidly Adaptive Terrain Models Available on the Net: Reuse
Funded by SardegnaIT under contract D. Lgs. 82/05
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V-CITY: The Virtual City
Funded by EU Seventh Framework Program under contract ICT-231199-V-CITY
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DISTRICT-LAB3D: Acquisition, Distribution, and Visualization of Complex 3D Models Laboratory
Funded by Regione Sardegna under contract POR Sardegna 2000-2006 Misura 3.13
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3DANATOMICALHUMAN: 3D Anatomical Functional Models for the Human Musculoskeletal System
Funded by EU Marie Curie Program under contract MRTN-CT-2006-035763
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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
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CYBERSAR: Cyberinfrastructure for technological and scientific research in Sardinia
Funded by Italian Ministry of Instruction, University, and Research under contract CYBERSAR
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BOEING777: Real-time Display of very large 3D Commercial Airplanes Models
Funded by CRS4/Boeing Agreement under contract 11357
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COHERENT: Collaborative Holographic Environments for Networked Tasks
Funded by EU Sixth Framework Program under contract IST-FP6-510166
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CRIMSON: The Crisis Simulation System
Funded by EU Sixth Framework Program under contract SEC4-PR-011500
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CSR-VIC-TERRAIN3D: Rapidly Adaptive Terrain Models Available on the Net
Funded by Sardinian Regional Authorities under contract CSR
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EYESIM: Cataract Surgery Simulator
Funded by DIES Group under contract DIES2
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VS: Vascular Simulator
Funded by DIES Group under contract DIES1
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IERAPSI: An Integrated Environment for Rehearsal And Planning of Surgical Interventions
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-1999-12175
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DIVERCITY: Distributed Virtual Workspace for Enhancing Communication within the Construction Industry
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-1999-13365
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VPLANET: The Virtual Planet
Funded by EU Fifth Framework Program under contract IST-2000-28095
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CAVALCADE: Collaborative Virtual Construction and Design
Funded by EU Fourth Framework Program under contract ESPRIT-26285
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MIGAVIS: Discontinuous Finite Element Visualization
Funded by ENEL Polo Termico under contract MIGAVIS
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VREPAR2: Psycho-Neuro-Physiological Assessment and Rehabilitation 2
Funded by EU Fourth Framework Program under contract TELEMATICS
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VIVA: The Virtual Vascular Project
Funded by EU Eureka Program under contract EU-1063, HPPC-SEA Chapter F
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MIRRORS: Mirror Neurons and the Observation/Execution Matching System
Funded by Human Frontiers Science Program under contract MIRRORS
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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
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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
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BRAIN: Software Tools for Primate Brain Reconstruction from Histological Sections
Funded by University of Parma under contract BRAIN

Important Scientific Collaborations and Industrial Partners

CNES, France; CS SI, France; CSTB, France; DLR, Germany; ENEL PTE, Italy; ESA, The Netherlands; ETH, Switzerlan; FFNS, France; IGN, France; ISTI/CNR, Italy.