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Special Issue "Depth Sensors and 3D Vision"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Roberto Vezzani

AImageLab, Dipartimento di Ingegneria "Enzo Ferrari", University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
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Interests: computer vision; image processing; machine vision; pattern recognition; surveillance; people behavior understanding; human-computer interaction; depth sensors; 3D vision

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent diffusion of inexpensive RGB-D sensors has encouraged the computer vision community to explore new solutions based on depth images. Depth information provides a significant contribution to solve or simplify several challenging tasks, such as shape analysis and classification, scene reconstruction, object segmentation, people detection, and body part recognition. The intrinsic metric information as well as the ability to handle texture and illumination variations of objects and scenes are only two of the advantages with respect to pure RGB images.

For example, hardware and software technologies included in the Microsoft Kinect framework allow an easy estimation of the 3D positions of skeleton joints, providing a new compact and expressive representation of the human body.

Although the Kinect failed as a gaming-first device, it has been a launch pad for the spread of depth sensors and, contextually, 3D vision. From a hardware perspective, several stereo, structured IR light, and ToF sensors have appeared on the market, and are studied by the scientific community. At the same time, computer vision and machine learning communities have proposed new solutions to process depth data, individually or fused with other information such as RGB images.

This Special Issue seeks innovative work to explore new hardware and software solutions for the generation and analysis of depth data, including representation models, machine learning approaches, datasets, and benchmarks.

The particular topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Depth acquisition techniques
  • Depth data processing
  • Analysis of depth data
  • Fusion of depth data with other modalities
  • From and to depth domain translation
  • 3D scene reconstruction
  • 3D shape modeling and retrieval
  • 3D object recognition
  • 3D biometrics
  • 3D imaging for cultural heritage applications
  • Point cloud modelling and processing
  • Human action recognition on depth data
  • Biomedical applications of depth data
  • Other applications of depth data analysis
  • Depth datasets and benchmarks
  • Depth data visualization

Prof. Roberto Vezzani
Guest Editor

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  • Depth sensors
  • 3D vision
  • Depth data generation
  • Depth data analysis
  • Depth datasets

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