Special Issue "Novel Methods and Applications of 3D Data Processing"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Information Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jacopo Aleotti
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: 3D perception; human–robot interaction; intelligent robot grasping; computer graphics and virtual reality
Dr. Riccardo Monica
Guest Editor
Department of Engineering and Architecture, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
Interests: 3D reconstruction, RGB-D computer vision, computer graphics, robotic perception, active perception

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, the appearance of cheap depth sensors on the market has allowed researchers to experiment using 3D and RGB-D cameras, developing novel perception algorithms and methods.
Ten years later, research fields such as augmented reality and robotics have been transformed by the availability of 3D information. The processing of 3D data is becoming almost as ubiquitous as 2D machine vision. Moreover, depth sensors are being successfully applied in industries, entertainment, and cultural heritage.
As 3D data is often copiously available, it needs to be interpreted, merged, and processed in a consistent way, guaranteeing accuracy and efficiency. Due to the abundance of such 3D data, issues have arisen relating to storage and visualization. Furthermore, many common methods of 2D computer vision, up to convolutional neural networks, strongly depend on input data structure and have to be reworked and adapted for 3D perception.
This Special Issue is dedicated to novel achievements in the field of 3D and RGB-D sensor data processing in any form. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • 3D perception
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Sensor fusion
  • Sensor tracking and pose estimation
  • Mapping and SLAM
  • Segmentation, object detection, and recognition from 3D data
  • Active perception, viewpoint optimization, and next best view planning
  • Robotic 3D perception
  • Processing of large scale 3D datasets
  • Computational geometry for 3D data
  • Deep learning and convolutional neural networks for 3D data
  • Visualization of 3D information
  • 3D sensors for virtual and augmented reality
  • 2D/3D machine vision for industrial applications

Dr. Riccardo Monica
Prof. Jacopo Aleotti
Guest Editors

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  • 3D perception
  • 3D reconstruction
  • Active perception
  • 3D data processing
  • 3D visualization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Title: Automatizing Bone Surface Mapping in 3D Reconstructed Tomographies
Authors: Rodrigo Schroll Astolfi; Amanda Vieira Batista; Henrique César Temoteo Ribeiro; Alexandre Leme Godoy dos Santos; José Alberto Dias Leite
Affiliation: Federal University of Ceará
Abstract: Introduction: In orthopedic surgery, having the bone in its exactly position is the most important factor for success. In comminuted fractures there is no bone edge to fit, surgeon`s ability becomes fundamental and human error is common. The way to diminish the human factor is to provide anatomically contoured implants so they can be guides for the surgeon. To make these implants it is necessary to compare the 3D bone contour in the population and find the most fitable implant. Materials and Methods: Twenty ankle tomographies were selected and 3D reconstructed for this research. We design and tested a software for semi-automatized bone superficial scanning. The software marked points on bone surface and constructed a spreadsheet with the 3D cartographic reference for each point. Results: The software was able to set the points in bone surface and the reconstruction of the original bone from the spreadsheet was successful. We were not able to reconstruct an average ankle from the averages of the points. Conclusion: Despite the transformation of the 3D bone surface in its numeric presentation was successful, we were still not able to compare individuals. We believe that volumetric paring could be a solution.

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