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During a four-day international research colloquium from February 24th to 27th, 2016, the Elastic 3D Space group of Researchers, lead by Artists, Designers and Computer Scientists, will explore the potential of stereoscopic technologies with artistic practices. This event brings together over 15 researchers, artists and industry experts to share their research explorations on elastic space, and augmented and virtual reality, and future reality within multiple disciplines from six Universities Art Departments, two cultural production and exhibition sites, along with departments of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Architectural History, and Performance Studies and Design across three continents.

The February 24-27 event will start with a day of presentations including a walking tour in the afternoon, followed by three days of a workshop research exchange, with hand-on workshops, a session at the National Film Board stereoscopic studios, roundtable discussions, 3D drawings demos and virtual drawing prototypes.

This exchange will focus on both the technical exploration of stereoscopic technologies and software, while questioning its perceptual effects. It will deeply investigate the way our bodies relate to our built environment and interact within the illusory elastic 3D space.

There will be two keynote speeches by Ken Perlin, and Dorita Hannah

Keynotes: Elastic 3D Space Keynotes

Program: Elastic 3D Space Colloquium

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An API to the open-source scanning system “3DUNDERWORLD-SLS” developed at the ICT Lab is now part of OpenCV 3.1.The API and turorials were developed by Roberta Ravanelli.

The module implements the time-multiplexing coding strategy based on Gray encoding following the (stereo) approach described in our “3DUNDERWORLD-SLS: An Open-Source Structured Light Scanning System for Rapid Geometry Acquisition”.

More information about the API can be found here.

A video by OpenCV showcasing the GSOC projects can be found here.

The clustering module described in the journal paper IEEE PAMI 2013: A Framework for Automatic Modeling from Point Cloud Data has been made available on GitHub.

P2C clustering is a robust unsupervised clustering algorithm based on a hierarchical statistical analysis of the geometric properties of the data which was specifically designed for XYZ maps.

Join us at the 6th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction – ACII2015.

ICT Lab researcher Chris Christou will be presenting our paper Psychophysiological Responses to Virtual Crowds: Implications for Wearable Computing. The work is co-authored by Kyriakos Herakleous, Aimilia Tzanavari, Charalambos Poullis.

Abstract: People’s responses to crowds was investigated with a simulation of a busy street using virtual reality. Both psychophysiological measures and a cognitive test were used to assess the influence of large crowds or individual agents who stood close to the participant while they performed a memory task. Results from most individuals revealed strong orienting responses to changes in the crowd. This was indicated by sharp increases in skin conductivity and reduction in peripheral blood volume amplitude. Furthermore, cognitive function appeared to be affected. Results of the memory test appeared to be influenced by how closely virtual agents approached the participants. These findings are discussed with respect to wearable affective computing that seeks robust identifiable correlates of autonomic activity that can be used in everyday contexts.

Venue: Xi’an, China – Grand New World Hotel – Hua Shan, Floor 1
Date: 22 September 2015
Time: 10:30-12:10, Track O2: Affect and Psychophysiology

As of August 1st, 2015 the Immersive and Creative Technologies Lab is a member lab of the 3D Graphics Group.

The 3D Graphics Group is part of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University.

 

The Immersive & Creative Technologies Lab, part of the 3D Graphics Group at Concordia University, is recruiting two highly-motivated researchers for a PhD. The positions are full-time and are funded for 16-months starting January 2016, with a possible extension to 48 months.

Topic: The topic is flexible and can cover the following and related research areas:
– Computer Games and Virtual World Technologies
– Computer Vision and Graphics
– Immersive and Creative Technologies (Virtual/augmented reality)

Academic Requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual who enjoys working in a collaborative research environment. Good communication skills and fluency in English are required. Applicants should have a strong academic training, including an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant discipline i.e. computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, or statistics, and have excellent mathematical skills. High proficiency in scientific coding i.e. C++, C, OpenCV, OpenGL and/or Matlab is required. Having experience with 3D computer vision, robotics, or a related area and a background in machine learning techniques is desirable and will be considered a plus.

How to Apply: Applications should be made via the Concordia University Graduate Admissions Portal (http://www.concordia.ca/admissions/graduate.html).

Application deadline: October 1st, 2015

Contact: Charalambos Poullis (charalambos@poullis.org)

Join us at the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies – ICALT2015.

ICT Lab researcher Kyriakos Herakleous will be presenting our paper “Effectiveness of an Immersive Virtual Environment (CAVE) for Teaching Pedestrian Crossing to Children with PDD-NOS”. The work is co-authored by Aimilia Tzanavari, Nefi Charalambous-Darden, Kyriakos Herakleous, Charalambos Poullis.

Abstract: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) exhibit a range of developmental disabilities, with mild to severe effects in social interaction and communication. Children with PDD-NOS, Autism and co-existing conditions are facing enormous challenges in their lives, dealing with their difficulties in sensory perception, repetitive behaviors and interests. These challenges result in them being less independent or not independent at all. Part of becoming independent involves being able to function in real world settings, settings that are not controlled. Pedestrian crossings fall under this category: as children (and later as adults) they have to learn to cross roads safely. In this paper, we report on a study we carried out with 6 children with PDD-NOS over a period of four (4) days using a VR CAVE virtual environment to teach them how to safely cross at a pedestrian crossing. Results indicated that most children were able to achieve the desired goal of learning the task, which was verified in the end of the 4-day period by having them cross a real pedestrian crossing (albeit with their parent/educator discretely next to them for safety reasons).

Venue: Parkview Hotel, Hualien, Taiwan
Date: 07 July 2015
Time: 16:45-18:00, Track 13

The latest stable version includes minor fixes and exports the models using the PLY-variant format used by 3DGSS. Using our output as the input to 3DGSS the models are automatically aligned and merged. The software can be downloaded from here: http://www.3dunderworld.org/software/

3DGSS is a command-line tool for automatic alignment and merging of range images. More information can be found here: cs.drexel.edu/~kon/3DGSS/

K. Herakleous, C. Poullis. “3DUNDERWORLD-SLS: An Open-Source Structured-Light Scanning System for Rapid Geometry Acquisition”, ICT-TR-2014-01

Abstract: Recently, there has been an increase in the demand of virtual 3D objects representing real-life objects. A plethora of methods and systems have already been proposed for the acquisition of the geometry of real-life objects ranging from those which employ active sensor technology, passive sensor technology or a combination of various techniques.

In this paper we present the development of a 3D scanning system which is based on the principle of structured-light, without having particular requirements for specialized equipment. We discuss the intrinsic details and inherent difficulties of structured-light scanning techniques and present our solutions. Finally, we introduce our open-source scanning system “3DUNDERWORLD-SLS”  which implements the proposed techniques. We have performed extensive testing with a wide range of models and report the results. Furthermore, we present a comprehensive evaluation of the
system and a comparison with a high-end commercial 3D scanner.

The ICT lab visited the new multipurpose centre, CUTing Edge, to set up and test their new 3D printer. The centre’s supervisor, Dimitrios Boglou and Francesca Sella (ICT lab’s alumni) showed us the place and their cutting edge equipment.

In order to test the 3D printer, models scanned with our open-source software 3DUNDERWORLD-SLS were used. Check out the following video, to see the scanning procedure as well as the printing of Alexander’s model.

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