Interactive 3D Digitization, Retrieval, and Analysis of Ancient Sculptures, Using Infrared Depth Sensors for Mobile Devices

  • Angelos BarmpoutisEmail author
  • Eleni Bozia
  • Daniele Fortuna
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9178)


In this paper a novel framework is presented for interactive feature-based retrieval and visualization of human statues, using depth sensors for mobile devices. A skeletal model is fitted to the depth image of a statue or human body in general and is used as a feature vector that captures the pose variations in a given collection of skeleton data. A scale- and twist- invariant distance function is defined in the feature space and is employed in a topology-preserving low-dimensional lattice mapping framework. The user can interact with this self-organizing map by submitting queries in the form of a skeleton from a statue or a human body. The proposed methods are demonstrated in a real dataset of 3D digitized Graeco-Roman statues from Palazzo Altemps.


Depth sensors RGB-D Kinect 3d object retrieval Digital humanities Statues Museum studies 



The authors would like to acknowledge Alessandra Capodiferro for providing permission to perform this study in Palazzo Altemps and the Italian Ministry of heritage, cultural activities and tourism for providing permission to publish in this paper the collected data. This project would not be possible without the funding support by the Rothman Fellowship in the Humanities to Eleni Bozia from the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere at the University of Florida and the research incentive award to Angelos Barmpoutis from the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. The authors would like to thank the sponsors and the anonymous reviewers who provided insightful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelos Barmpoutis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eleni Bozia
    • 1
  • Daniele Fortuna
    • 2
  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo AltempsRomaItaly

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