The Informatics and Telematics Institute exhibits substantial research activity, both basic and industry-oriented, as well as technology transfer actions, in the area of virtual, augmented and mixed realities where included modeling and simulation of complex virtual environments, haptic force feedback applied research, 3D modelling and compression, deformable objects and cloth modelling, collaborative virtual environments, new sensor development for head/hands/body tracking, multimedia analysis/synthesis, gesture recognition, head motion modelling and tracking, advanced applications of virtual/augmented/mixed reality in education and training, e-health, assistive technologies, culture, industry and e-business.

Some significant applied research fields where ITI is activated are

 

Extensive study and development of very efficient approaches for haptic rendering, real time force feedback and real time collision detection for complex virtual environments. Applications include virtual environments for the visually impaired, geometry education in 3D environments, virtual assembly planning, real time interaction with complex cultural objects, etc.

 

Research and development of efficient algorithms for modeling, representation animation and monitoring of deformable and complex virtual objects. It includes new approaches for cloth modeling, collsion and self-collision detection, new interaction paradigms, real time avatar simulations, smart objects and complex behavioral modeling.

 

3D Semantics

Research and development of advanced algorithms for search and retrieval of 3D content from large databases. Research includes new modeling approaches, descriptor extraction using rotation/translation/scaling invariant features and identification of appropriate matching and data fusion strategies for optimal descriptor selection.

 

Mixed and Augmented Reality

Extensive study and development of new approaches in real time head/hands/body tracking for mixed reality applications. Research directions include real time 3D acquisition, stereo and multiview image sequence processing, feature detection and tracking, coding and compression, advanced prediction and detection approaches, etc.
 
 

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Applications

Application oriented research in areas such as education and training, e-health, assistive technologies, culture, industry, e-business, phobia treatment, etc. Includes various approaches utilizing and integration appropriate virtual/augmented/mixed reality strategies for enhanced application realism.