Professor Smolic visits the STC Research Centre, Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden

16th May 2019
Professor Smolic visits the STC Research Centre,  Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden



Professor Aljosa Smolic visited STC Research Centre,  Sundsvall, Västernorrland, Sweden from the 13-15 May. He presented two seminars on Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) for Master and Ph.D. students and researchers.

The visit was part of the STC faculty’s investment in doctoral students’ improved research environment, internationalization, where funds are given to prominent researchers to come and hold seminars with us,” describes Professor Mårten Sjöström.

Professor Smolic presented on Volumetric Video for AR and VR Content Creation

Volumetric video allows to integrate real world captured content into AR and VR scenarios. Technology has reached a level of maturity that allows design of professional and consumer applications for the market. The first part of the talk will introduce related technology background and highlight recent solutions developed by the V-SENSE team at Trinity College Dublin. However, even the best technology will fail without compelling content that attracts user interest. Therefore the second part of the talk will concentrate on creative experiments which are performed by V-SENSE with artists who apply the novel technologies in concrete productions. This will include new, dedicated AR and VR experiences as well as an award winning adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s work to AR and VR. 


Professor Smolic also presented on Novel Algorithms for Light Field Imaging from V-SENSE:

Light field imaging allows to capture rich visual information, which enables novel solutions and applications for display and computational photography. The talk will highlight related algorithms recently developed in the V-SENSE team at Trinity College Dublin. This includes efficient algorithms for depth estimation, denoising, super-resolution, view synthesis, and colour correction. A corresponding pipeline will be presented and evaluated that combines these individual modules for lenslet light field quality enhancement. Further, a novel approach to generate HDR light fields from multiple exposures will be presented, as well as an efficient novel representation of light fields based on Fourier disparity layers. Finally, aspects of light field streaming were covered.


SAUCE ‘Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments’:
This research is also part of SAUCE ‘Smart Assets for re-Use in Creative Environments’, The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 780470. SAUCE is a three-year EU Research and Innovation project between 9 companies and research institutions to create a step-change in allowing creative industry companies to re-use existing digital assets for future productions. Please inspect here for further information.


Photo (l-r) Professor Sjöström Mårten with Professor Smolic