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3D Shapify Booth at Belval: Win a 3D-printed selfie

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Publié le vendredi, 31 mars 2017

3D scanning, once a technology of the future, is now very much a part of the world around us, used by fashion designers, engineers, manufacturers and in the film industry. Computer scientists at the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with Artec 3D are now working on research to pave the way for the next generation of 3D scanning technology, and you can help them.

From 1 April to July 2017, an Artec Shapify Booth (a 3D full body scanner) will be installed in the cafeteria on the 1st floor of the university’s Maison du Savoir, Belval. Staff, students and members of the public, are invited to volunteer to get themselves scanned; the data gathered will allow scientists working at the university’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) to define new mathematical methods for modelling the human body shape in 3D.

The full scanning process will take approximately 15 minutes, and volunteers will go home with a 3D selfie and electronic access to their 3D data. Volunteers sharing a picture of themselves at the scanning booth on Twitter (#SnTShapify @SnT_uni_lu) will be entered into a monthly competition to win a 3D-printed statue of themselves.

Currently, state of the art 3D scanners and software can facilitate the creation of accurate digital 3D models of the body only if the subject is wearing skin-tight clothing. This has obvious drawbacks for everyday applications, and a team of SnT scientists led by Dr Djamila Aouada have set themselves the challenge of being able to arrive at accurate estimations of body shape regardless of clothing. ‘In healthcare, for example, medical staff would be able to take comprehensive body measurements just by scanning their patients,’ explains PhD candidate Alexandre Saint, part of the SnT’s Signal Processing and Satellite Communications Research Group. ‘The benefits of being able to infer this data, despite occlusion from clothing, would be enormous in terms of making 3D scanning a viable tool for medical practitioners and enhancing efficiency and patient comfort’.

Another field in which the research could make significant contributions is security and surveillance. Current techniques relying on face recognition could be greatly enhanced by the wealth of information full body scanning can provide. Unfortunately, current 3D technology relies on a large number of scans to arrive at an accurate body model. ‘The aim is to be able to arrive at such models from only limited data’, says Saint. ‘Eventually, we will even be able to infer 3D information from 2D images.’

Data confidentiality is of the greatest importance, and SnT is working closely with the Luxembourgish Commission Nationale pour la Protection des Données on this project.

The booth will be open from 9:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 1 April, and from then will be open Monday to Thursday at lunchtimes during term time, April to July 2017.

For further information, please email shapify3D@uni.lu

Artec 3D develops innovative 3D hardware and software solutions. Artec has a team of experts in the collection and processing of 3D surfaces as well as biometric facial recognition. Artec is one of the industry leaders in handheld professional 3D scanners and is also well known for creating the world's only automated 3D body scanning systems, Artec Shapify Booth, for making 3D printed portraits.