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  • Prof. Pajarola nominated as Eurographics Fellow

    The Executive Committee of the European Association for Computer Graphics (EG) elected Prof. Renato Pajarola, together with Profs. P. Cignoni and H.-C. Hege, to become new Eurographics Fellows. The EG Fellow nomination was made in recognition of Prof. Pajarola’s important contributions to scalable graphics and data intensive visualization, as well as based on his continuous service to the Eurographics community (e.g. co-chairing of Eurographics 2015).

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  • New VMML Researcher

    Contributing to the recently awarded SNSF project on Reconstruction of Large-Scale Interior Environments, Gregory Wysshas joined the VMML as a research assistant and fast-track PhD student. In this exciting project, Gregory will work on 3D reconstruction of architectural indoor environments, e.g. from point cloud data as acquired from laser-range scanners.

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  • 2015-2018 Swiss National Science Foundation Grant

    Our project on the Reconstruction of Large-Scale Interior Environments has been awarded a 3-year Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) research grant. In this project, the robust as well as semi-automatic reconstruction of 3D models of interior home, office or industrial environments from laser-range 3D point scans will be investigated. The main goal is to detect and reconstruct the major architectural 3D structures as well as extract semantic information about rooms and floor plan layouts. See also our current and previous publicationson reconstruction, geometric modeling and point-based graphics.

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  • EUROGRAPHICS Conference 2015 in Zürich

    Eurographics is the only truly Europe-wide professional Computer Graphics association. The association supports its members in advancing the state of the art in Computer Graphics and related fields such as Multimedia, Scientific Visualization and Human Computer Interfaces. Its main annual event is the Eurographics Conference, which is one of the three largest and most important international graphics conferences. The Eurographics Conference 2015is co-organized by Prof. Dr. Renato Pajarola from UZH and Prof. Dr. Markus Gross from ETHZ and will be held at the Kongresshaus in Zürich from May 4th to 8th 2015.

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  • Eurographics 2015 Paper

    The paper "CHC+RT: Coherent Hierarchical Culling for Ray Tracing" by Oliver Mattausch, Jirí Bittner, Alberto Jaspe Villanueva, Enrico Gobbetti, Michael Wimmer, and Renato Pajarola will be presented at this year's Eurographics Conference in Zürich and it will be published in the Computer Graphics Forum journal. This work was completed in collaboration with the Czech Technical University and CRS4. This project has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n°290227 "DIVA: Data Intensive Visualization and Analsys" (www.diva-itn.eu).

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  • ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Paper

    The paper "Continuous Projection for Fast L1 Reconstruction" is going to be presented at the annual ACM SIGGRAPH conference 2014 in Vancouver and will be published in the ACM Transactions on Graphics. This work has been completed in collaboration with TU Vienna who has taken the lead. This project has received funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/ under REA grant agreement n°290227 "DIVA: Data Intensive Visualization and Analysis" (www.diva-itn.eu).

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  • Eurographics 2014 Paper

    Dr. Oliver Mattausch and Claudio Mura from VMML are going to present their paper on "Object Detection and Classification from Large-Scale Cluttered Indoor Scans" at this year's Eurographics Conference in Strasbourg. This work has been completed in collaboration with ETH Zürich (Dr. Daniele Panozzo, Prof. Dr. Olga Sorkine-Hornung) and is supported by the EU FP7 People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) under REA Grant Agreement no. 290227 "DIVA: Data Intensive Visualization and Analsys" (www.diva-itn.eu).

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  • 3D Scanned Point Datasets Download

    In the context of large scale 3D point data acquisition, geometry processing and 3D reconstruction, we provide for research purposes a few new datasets on our webpage of varying complexity and size. These datasets of indoor environments and rooms exhibit complex architectural and object structures.

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  • Award for Dissertation at VMML

    Susanne K. Suter's Dissertation on "Interactive Multiresolution and Multiscale Visualization of Large Volume Data" will receive the 'Jahrespreis 2013' of the University of Zürich (UZH), which will be conferred on her at the Dies Academicus on April 26, 2014.

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  • vmmlib release 1.6

    This library is actively developed and maintained at the Visualization and Multimedia Lab. It is being used in both our research projects and in the industry. vmmlib runs on Unix (including Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and *BSD) and Windows (64-bit versions). This new release features several improvements and additional classes on tensor manipulation and approximation, as well as on image filtering.

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  • VMML Dissertation by Susanne K. Suter

    In March, another VMML group member, Dr. Susanne Suter, has completed her PhD with submitting and defending her doctoral thesis titled "Interactive Multiresolution and Multiscale Visualization of Large Volume Data"

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  • 2012-2015 Hasler Foundation Research Grant

    Our project on Distributed Parallel Rendering Services has been awarded a 3-year Hasler Foundation research grant. In this project, Prof. Pajarola in collaboration with the Blue Brain Project (BBP) at EPFL will lead the development of an improved cluster-parallel based rendering infrastructure, based on Equalizer, with improved data distribution techniques and a web-service like client interface. See also our current and previous publications on parallel graphics.

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  • Volume Dataset Download

    In the context of large volume data visualization, we provide for research purposes a few new test datasets on our webpage of varying size. These datasets of natural objects exhibit interesting structural features at multiple scales.

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  • EuroVis 2013 Paper

    We present at EuroVis our research on multiscale and multiresolution direct volume rendering (DVR). In this paper, we developed a state-of-the-art interactive DVR system that uses global tensor approximation bases to directly model both multiscale feature extraction and multiresolution data visualization.

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  • Eurographics 2013 STAR and Tutorial

    At the upcoming Eurographics conference, we are presenting in collaboration with other partners a STAR (state-of-the-art report) on the topic of compressed GPU-based direct volume rendering, and a tutorial on tensor approximation in visualization and graphics.

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  • SciTech Europe 2012

    Prof. Pajarola has presented the DIVA training and research project at the SciTech Europe 2012 event in Brüssels on November 22, 2012. (Link: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/227/scitech-europe-2012) DIVA speakers included Prof. Pajarola from UZH and Prof. Staadt from UNIRO. The event involved presentations from high-profile researchers, science policy makers as well as government advisors. VMML and DIVA were organizing a so called Masterclass on "Data intensive interactive visualization and analysis challenges" which was held in the main auditorium as part of the "Technologies for the future" track. (Link:http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/masterclass/227/scitech-europe-2012) The session was well attended and raised notable interest from the audience and caused numerous interactions with other attendees and researchers from around Europe.

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  • DIVA Summer School 2012

    VMML organized the first DIVA Summer School, from Wednesday September 5th to Friday 7th 2012, and it was held at the Department of Informatics, University of Zürich. The three day summer school covered topics such as geometry processing and shape analysis, spatial and metric data structures, as well as intellectual property rights management. For further information see http://diva-itn.ifi.uzh.ch/events/34-first-diva-summer-school.html.

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  • New VMML Researchers 2012

    During the last 10 months, 6 new researcher, assistants and PhD students have joined the VMML group. New and exciting projects have been started in the areas of point-based geometry processing, 3D reconstruction, interactive geographic visualization and high-performance parallel rendering. The new people include Dr. Oliver Mattausch, Rafael Ballester, Georgios-Tsampikos Michailidis, Claudio Mura, David Steiner and Matthias Thöny. See also http://vmml.ifi.uzh.ch/people/current-staff.html

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  • VMML Dissertations

    During the last few months, several VMML group members and PhD students have completed their PhD with submitting and defending their doctoral thesis. These include "Performance Challenges in Distributed Rendering Systems" by Dr. Maxim Makhinya, "Automatic Transfer Function Generation and Extinction-Based Approaches in Direct Volume Visualization" by Dr. Philipp Schlegel, "An Efficient Stream-Processing of Large Geometric Data Sets" by Dr. Jonas Bösch and "Level-of-Detail and Parallel Solutions in Computer Graphics" by Dr. Prashant Goswami.

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  • vmmlib 1.0 release

    vmmlib is a vector and matrix math library implemented using C++ templates. The library is developed at the VMML and includes many basic vector, matrix and tensor operations, which serve as a good basis for point rendering, 3d visualization and preprocessing of 3d datasets.

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  • 2 Papers at IEEE Visualization

    Two IEEE Visualization contributions, full papers, have been accepted and will be published as IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Grpahics articles.

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  • 2011-2015 EU FP7 ITN Grant

    Coordinated by Prof. Pajarola, a new collaborative project on Data Intensive Visualization and Analysis (DIVA) will be supported for four years by an EU FP7 ITN Marie-Curie grant.

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  • Prof. Pajarola named Associate Editor of Computer Graphics Forum

    Prof. Pajarola has been appointed to serve on the Associate Editor board of the Computer Graphics Forum journal from 2011 to 2014.

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  • 2011-2014 SNF Research Grant

    Our project on Multiscale Volume Visualization and Analysis has been awarded a 3-year Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) research grant.

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  • LibMaoni - Have a look!

    LibMaoni is a 3D rendering framework developed at the Visualization and Multimedia Lab (VMML)as a Master Project.

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  • 2010-2011 SNF Research Grant

    For our project on parallel rendering and scalable visualization, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) has awarded Prof. Pajarola a 1-year research grant extension.

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  • Fritz-Kutter Award 2009

    Barbara Solenthaler, a PhD student and research assistant at the Visualization and MultiMedia Lab, has received the Fritz-Kutter Award 2009 for her dissertation titled Incompressible Fluid Simulation and Advanced Surface Handling with SPH.

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  • UZH Research Grant

    The UZH commission for research has awarded a 24-month grant to Susanne Suter, a PhD student and research assistant at the Visualization and MultiMedia Lab.

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  • 2008-2010 KTI Grant

    The project "Efficient load balancing for cluster-based parallel real-time rendering"is supported for two years by a CTI knowledge and technology transfer grant by the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology.

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  • vmmlib - a Templatized C++ Vector and Matrix Math Library

    This library is actively developed and maintained at the Visualization and Multimedia Lab and is being used in our research projects and in the industry.

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  • NEW BOOK: Point-Based Graphics

    «This book will present the latest research results in point-based computer graphics. After an overview of the key issues, affordable 3D scanning devices will be discussed and new concepts for the mathematical representation of point-sampled shapes will be presented. Then the authors will describe methods for high-performance and high-quality rendering of point models…»

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  • 2007-2010 SNF Research Grant

    For the project VISS: Visualization Infrastructure for Scalable Scientific Computing , the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) has awarded Prof. Pajarola a 3-year research grant.

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  • Joint Professorship in MNF

    Prof. Pajarolahas a joint appointment in the Faculty of (Mathematical and Natural) Scienceat University of Zürich and hence can advise MNF students, projects and research assistants.

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  • 2006-2009 SNF Research Grant

    The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) has awarded Prof. Pajarola a 3-year grant to carry out research on Stream-Based Processing of Points .

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