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AIM@SHAPE Workshop

In the AIM@SHAPE Workshop the main scientifical and technical achievements of the AIM@SHAPE Network of Excellence have been shown.

The Workshop

The AIM@SHAPE workshop has been organized to present and disseminate the main achievements of the FP6-IST Network of Excellence AIM@SHAPE “Advanced and Innovative Models And Tools for the development of Semantic-based systems for Handling, Acquiring, and Processing knowledge Embedded in multidimensional digital objects”
In the four years of activity, AIM@SHAPE pursued the introduction of knowledge management techniques in 3D content modelling, reusing and sharing. On the one hand, this required the development of tools able to extract semantics from 3D models (e.g. automatic or semi-automatic annotation tools), on the other hand it was necessary to build a common framework for reasoning, searching and interacting with the semantic content related to the knowledge domain.

Technological Results

The main technological results of AIM@SHAPE concern the development of an integrated platform for modelling, processing and sharing multi-dimensional media, called the Digital Shape Workbench (DSW), which is an elaborated framework to store shapes, tools, and publications along with the knowledge related to them and expressed through the definition of general and specific shape ontologies. Moreover, the DSW relies on a search engine able to provide significant results and reasoning functionalities, coupling a semantic-web approach with an innovative geometry-oriented retrieval mechanism for 3D media based on shape similarity assessment. The development of the DSW required the conceptualisation of specific domains and the precise characterization of the resources to be shared. AIM@SHAPE approached this issue with the definition of general ontologies for characterizing shapes, and with the definition of application-oriented ontologies.

Scientific Results

The main scientific results of AIM@SHAPE concern the improvement of the two main lifecycles of digital shapes: the first goes bottom-up from the acquisition of 3D objects up to the semantic level, while the second corresponds to the top-down design from a concept defining an object at the semantic level down to the digital model. The AIM@SHAPE ambition was to revisit the lifecycles with focus on methods to preserve semantic content, to annotate automatically digital shapes, to interact with the semantics, and to maintain and update the semantics at the different stages of digital shape lifecycles.

The SALERO Project

The workshop included presentations of the ongoing project SALERO,, which aims at defining and developing the paradigm of intelligent content for media production, consisting of multimedia objects with context-aware behaviours for self-adaptive use and delivery across different platforms. Intelligent Content should enable the creation and re-use of complex, compelling media by artists who need to know little of the technical aspects of how the tools that they use actually work, with 3D media being one of the targets of SALERO. Based on research into methodologies for describing, creating and finding intelligent content, SALERO will develop toolsets to create, manage, edit, retrieve and deliver content objects, addressing characters, objects, sounds, language sets, and behaviours. The toolsets developed and the concept of intelligent content will be verified by experimental productions

Workshop Location

The workshop has been held at the CNR in Genova and featured a number of presentations that cover the previously presented topics.


09:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 NoE AIM@SHAPE : the semantic approach to digital shape modelling and reasoning
speaker: Bianca Falcidieno - Coordinator of AIM@SHAPE
10:30 – 11:00 EU project SALERO: an introduction
speaker: Georg Thallinger
11:00 – 11:15 coffee break
11:15 – 12:00 the AIM@SHAPE technological platform (the Digital Shape Workbench and the domain knowledge formalization) part I
speakers: Pierre Alliez (INRIA), Marios Pitikakis (ITI), George Vasilakis (ITI)
12:00 – 13:30 lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 the AIM@SHAPE technological platform (the Digital Shape Workbench and the domain knowledge formalization) part II
speakers: Laura Papaleo (DISI), Alejandra Garcia Rojas (EPFL), Neyir Sevilmis (IGD), Simone Marini (IMATI)
14:30 – 16:00 AIM@SHAPE research achievements and impact on digital shape lifecycle
Overview of digital lifecycle
speaker: Michela Spagnuolo (IMATI)
Atlas-based segmentation
speaker: Sharon Alpert (WIS)
Parameterized human body model for real-time applications
speaker: Dimitris Protopsaltou (UNIGE)
Face retrieval
speaker: Frank ter Haar (UU)
Segmentation and annotation
speaker: Michela Mortara (IMATI)
Using ontologies to improve assembly models during product development
speaker: Jean-Claude Leon (INPG)
16:00 – 16:30 coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 EU project SALERO presentations
Context-aware facial animation of virtual characters: theory and developed tools
speakers: Marco Romeo (FBM-UPF), Alun Evans (FBM-UPF)
Expressive Text-to-Speech Synthesis
speaker: Lluis Formiga (URL)
Ontologies and Ontology Tools for Media Production
speakers: Tobias Burger (LFUI), Philipp Hofmaier (JRS)
Exploring multiple facets of user need
speaker: Joemon Jose (UG)
18:00 – 18:30 Wrap up/conclusions

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