3D Multimedia Applications and Technology Integration Centre (3D-MATIC)
is a research laboratory of the Department of Computing Science at the University
of Glasgow. The purpose of 3D-MATIC is to address the needs of SMEs wishing
to gain access to advanced 3D non-contact digitisation techniques by connecting
industrialists with research groups and researchers working in that field.
To this end, 3D-MATIC is the lead academic partner and joint managing partner
in the Imaging Faraday Partnership, a DTI and EPSRC sponsored Faraday Partnership
jointly managed by the Sira Limited, TÜV Management & IT Consulting
and the University of Glasgow.
have a strong technological focus on applications of 3D imaging. In particular,
we are investigating all aspects of human body modelling in 3D, including
animation and surface skin modelling. This approach opens a wide array of
application areas such as; creative media, engineering, medicine, textiles
& clothing, military & security, internet & communications,
forensic and fine art.
research and development programmes undertaken by 3D-MATIC have been designed
to advance the position of 3D imaging technology from being a specialist
field of endeavour to that of a mainstream industrial capability. Research
programme topics are those of direct industrial relevance and address the
key technical challenges that must be surmounted to exploit commercially
3D imaging technology. Although our main business is research, we also have
a strong commercialisation agenda which can be summarised as follows:-
‘Proof of Concept’ and similar prototype development funding
to turn research output into a form suitable for use by industry.
Commercialise prototyped technology via most appropriate routes.
Form strategic relationships with 3D imaging hardware suppliers.
Develop bureau services for 3D dynamic image capture and validation and
testing of 3D imaging systems.
Teaching is also fundamental to 3D-MATIC's activities and we have developed
and run advanced degree programmes to generate a supply of appropriately
qualified personnel for the emergent 3D-based industry sector.
has access to the world-leading 'C3D' imaging technology, originally developed
by the Turing Institute, that is revolutionising 3D data capture. By combining
the science of 'photogrammetry' with digital camera technology, it is now
possible to capture 3D models of people, animals and objects that are both
metrically accurate and photo-realistic in appearance (as shown below).
Ongoing research within 3D-MATIC is also exploring 3D data extraction from
still images and movie sequences and the extension of the imaging technology
to capture images in real time.
3D-MATIC's mission statement is:-
take 3D imaging technology from being an esoteric laboratory technique into
the mainstream, while pushing the technological envelope in this field."
Current Academic Partners
Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust
Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust
National Physical Laboratory
Unilever Research Colworth
Anthropics Technology Limited
C3D Imaging Limited
Digital Animations Group plc
Shoemaster International Limited
Unique ID Software Limited
Wavecrest Systems Limited
21 staff comprising 17 full-time research staff (2 Research Fellows, 8 Research
Assistants, 7 PhD students) and 4 management/administration staff plus the
involvement of 3 senior academic staff.
Expertise in computer vision, 3D imaging, computer graphics, medical imaging,
mathematics & statistics, optics and electronics.
Fully functional 3D imaging/computer vision laboratories.
14 major R&D projects running (each > £100K).
Integration with EU research projects, e.g. PAVR, V-MAN.
£1.9M research funding.
£750K funding from DTI and Scottish Enterprise.
Several industrial contracts.
Technology licensed to established and spin-out companies.