Special Session: 3D Mass Digitization – Future Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, October 5th - h. 17,15 - 18,30

Moderators: Prof. Dr. Tobias Schreck (Graz University of Technology, Inst. for Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization); Pedro Santos, Constanze Fuhrmann (Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Competence Center Cultural Heritage Digitization)


The demand for efficient 3D digitization methods applicable to cultural heritage is increasing. 3D technologies and post-processing tools are now widespread, including also techniques for acquisition and presentation of content. However, the capturing and computation of 3D virtual models from artefacts in large quantities still remains a challenge. With first 3D workflows in practice in several institutions, there arises a need for new technologies to cope with appropriate processing and handling of 3D data, including e.g. techniques for semantic enrichment, efficient storage, and long-term preservation of 3D models.

In the context of large-scale digitization, there is therefore significant need for research related to topics such as: 1) improved acquisition processes, e.g., including optical material properties; 2) 3D-centered and web-based annotation systems for object classification and metadata enrichment; 3) technical solutions for long-term storage and standardized data formats; and 4) 3D visualization and 3D printing technologies.

In this session at GCH, we want to start a discussion among practitioners and researchers on the challenges in the four areas mentioned above, aiming to better implement and make use of 3D mass digitization in the long term. We would further like to identify and prioritize challenges and opportunities, eventually compiling a research and development agenda to shape future work in this area.  

If you are interested in participating, please register via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Participants will then be encouraged to submit input for possible approaches but also additional key challenges to be discussed during the workshop. The results will be summarized in a position paper to be published for policy use and to be included in respective research agendas.