Next event: 3DBODY.TECH 2024, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-23 Oct. 2024


The proceedings of the conference (ISBN 978-3-033-03651-2) are available as hard copy (350 pages) and/or cd-rom. The cost of the proceedings is 150CHF.
For orders, please contact the conference office.
The contents of the book can be downloaded as PDF file.


Conference topics

The technical program will consist of oral presentations, poster presentations and live demonstrations in, but not limited to, the following technical areas:
- 3D body and 3D face scanning methods, systems and technologies
- Active 3D body scanning technologies (laser scanning, white-light scanning, Kinect)
- Passive body scanning methods (stereo photogrammetry, visual-hull)
- Portable and hand-held human body scanning and measurement devices
- Full body scanning systems for the apparel and fashion sector
- Applications in medical sciences (forensics, plastic surgery, dentistry)
- Foot scanning, custom footwear and orthopedics
- Digital anthropometry, anthropometric studies
- Body measurement campaigns, fitting mannequins
- Biometrics and applications in security
- Applications in sport, health and fitness
- Human body and face modeling, animation and simulation
- Applications in virtual life, games and entertainment
- 3D body scanning for arts and sculpture

Please note that registration is required for all attendees and participants of the conference. Information about registration and fees is available here.

Technical program

3D Body 2012 - Program

The program of the conference is structured, during two full days, in an opening session and 14 technical sessions in parallel with more than 60 oral presentations covering the main sectors of 3D body scanning.

A parallel exhibition allows manufacturers of scanning equipment to demonstrate live their products and solutions to all attendees/visitors/participants.

Breaks and social events are planned in order to increase the possibilities for building relationships and exchanging ideas between attendees, visitors, authors, participants and exhibitors.

Highlights of the conference and exhibition consists of an exceptional opening session, two invited speakers, a keynote presentation and 5 world premieres.

The final program of the conference is available as PDF file: 3dbody2012_program.pdf.

Opening session

From Scans to Avatars: Using Multi-Viewpoint, High Precision 3D Surface Imaging
to Create Realistic Deformable Models of the Body

Chris LANE - 3dMD LCC, Atlanta (GA), USA
Prof. Dr. Michael J. BLACK - Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tuebingen, Germany


Chris Lane is chairman and CEO of 3dMD, the world leader in 3D body scanning for medical applications. Prof. Dr. Michael J. Black is director of the Perceiving Systems Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Germany) and adjunct Professor at the Department of Computer Science of Brown University (USA). Mr. Lane and Prof. Black will jointly held the first technical presentation of the conference.
At the first Lugano Conference in 2010 Michael Black outlined his vision to Chris Lane for the development of a personalized avatar of complex human body movements calibrated by a streamlined workflow of 3D body scans. During the conference 3dMD publically launched its new generation of very fast 3D body surface capture devices which Michael felt could be developed to support his long term software research. At the second conference a video of the pre-delivery 3Dbody system developed for Michael's group was shown. Less than one year after commissioning the equipment, Chris and Michael will be showing a fully functional hardware and software process which results in the production of a spatially precise dynamic avatar which can be subsequently edited and posed. The process of going from a "scan" to an "avatar" is fully automatic, does not require landmarking, and the resulting avatar is easily edited to change its shape and pose. The joint presentation will highlight the development of a very focused commercial-academic partnership and debut the resultant technology with videos and demonstrations that have not been seen before at a public event. The presenters will conclude by summarizing the commercial potential for this approach to dynamic 3D body metrics.

Digital Convergence in IT and Fashion: i-Fashion
Invited speaker Prof. Dr. Chang Kyu PARK - Konkuk University, Seoul, S. Korea


Prof. Dr. Chang Kyu Park is director of i-Fashion Technology Center and associate professor at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea. His first speech at the opening session will present and discuss the achievements of the i-Fashion project.
The i-Fashion Technology Center in Korea operates one of the world's most advanced set-ups of virtual reality. Using virtual models based on an 3D body scan, consumers get personalized recommendations of products they may like. At the same time, vendors' efficiency increases due to the virtual, and not physical, representation of products for most stages of the value chain.

Using the Body to Design for the Body
Invited speaker Scott SUMMITT - Bespoke Innovations Inc., San Francisco (CA), USA


Scott Summit founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010 based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication.
The speech of Mr. Summit will regard the creation of customized 3D printed legs for amputees. The personalized design of the prosthetics is based on 3D scan data of the customer.

Keynote Presentation - Body Scanning for Apparel

The Return of Craft Designer (Pattern Maker) Re-Valued Through the New 3D Technologies
Jean-Marc SURVILLE - Lectra, Cestas, France


Jean-Marc Surville is an industrial engineer at Lectra (France). He has a very large practical experience in the treatment, processing and use of 3D body scan data for applications related to apparel and anthropometry.
His keynote speech at the conference will focus on the positive contribution of new 3D technologies for the creative work in the world of fashion and apparel.

Invited Speaker - Anthropometric Studies & Surveys

Implementation and Analysis of Size Korea Projects Using 3D Body Scanning Systems
Invited speaker Prof. Dr. Chang Kyu PARK - Konkuk University, Seoul, S. Korea


The second speech of Prof. Dr. Chang Kyu Park will focus on the results obtained by the large scale measurement campaign Size Korea.

World & International Premieres

3dMD (USA) - Max Plank Institute (Germany)
Opening Session

Chris Lane, chairman and CEO of 3dMD, and Prof. Dr. Michael J. Black, director at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Germany), will jointly held the first technical presentation of the conference. The joint presentation will highlight the development of a very focused commercial-academic partnership and debut the resultant technology with videos and demonstrations that have not been seen before at a public event.

TechMed 3D (Canada) - Creaform (Canada)

TechMed 3D will have the privilege of introducing the world premiere of the fast, easy and reliable new scanner from Creaform, the GO! SCAN 3D. TechMed 3D have optimized its software MSoft with the scanner integrating the most user-friendly solution for digitization of the human body on the market. Live demonstrations at the technical exhibition.

SpaceVision (Japan)
Exhibition and Technical Session 8

SpaceVision will demonstrate at the exhibition the very new version of its portable, compact, light, fast 3D full body scanner. The technical details will be presented during Technical Session 8.

Elinvisin (Lithouania) - (Slovenia)

Elinvision and UCS will demonstrate at the exhibition the new jointly developed 3D foot scanner for best fit shoe selection.

Size Stream (USA)
Technical Session 4

Dr. David Bruner, Vice President of the newly launched company SizeStrem will held a presentation at Technical Session 4. Discarding old technology from the past, Size Stream is developing a new generation of body scanner, complete from scratch.


The following institutions, universities, private companies and organizations are participating actively at the conference with presentations and/or live demonstrations.

NIT Jalandhar

IIT Delhi

University of Minho (Portugal)

RMIT University

Council TFIA

Iowa State University (USA)

University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA)

Wayne State University (USA)

DFKI - Kaiserslautern University (Germany)

UCS d.o.o.

University of Verona (Italy)

Oxylane Research

Amway Corp.

University of Newcastle (Australia)

The University of Texas
at Austin (USA)

MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA)

Dell children's Medical Center (USA)

University of Zagreb (Craotia)

National Physical
Laboratory (UK)

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (UK)

Hometrica Consulting (Switzerland)

University of Houston (USA)

Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Xi'an Jiaotong
University (China)

University of
Kent (UK)


University of Haute Alsace (France)

4D Dynamics

Konkuk University
(S. Korea)

i-Fashion Technology Center (S. Korea)




Ivanovo State Textile Academy (Russia)

College of Engineering Pune (India)

University of the West England (UK)

University of Bristol (UK)

Frenchay NHS Hospital (UK)

U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research (USA)

Sheffield Hallam University (UK)

Telmat Industrie

Microsoft Research

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

University of Trento

University of Cambridge

Pneumacare Ltd.

Addenbrookes NHS Hospital (UK)

Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)

Hohenstein Institute for Textile Innovation (Germany)

TechMed 3D

University of Surrey

Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Spain)

University of South Australia (Australia)


CAPS TU Munich

Technische Universität München (Germany)

National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Thailand)


Bespoke Innovations


Human Solutions

Sistemi Assyst

Me-Ality/Unique Solutions (USA/Canada)


CAD Modelling Ergonomics (Italy)



Antonius Koester

4D View Solutions (France)

Holt Consulting (Canada)


Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Germany)


Right Shoes - UTD (Switzerland)

Supporters and Partners

The following oragnizations and companies are supporting or are partners of the conference.
Note: preliminary list.

VIEW Conference    
CARS 2012
VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, Gaming and VFX. VIEW 2012 takes place from 16th to 17th October in Torino, Italy.     26th International Congress and Exhibition on Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery. CARS 2012 took place from 27th to 30th July 2012 in Pisa, Italy.

Amiconi Consulting
Lugano Turismo
Amiconi Consulting is supporting the conference. The service company will take care of the hotel reservations for attendees of the conference and provide on request private transportation from and to Milan airports.     The tourist organization of Lugano is supporting the conference. The tourist office provide any tourist information regarding Lugano and surrounding areas.

The Finance and Economics Department of Canton Ticino is supporting the conference. Representatives of the economic promotion office will be present at the conference to illustrate the opportunities offered by the region for new business initiatives.    
3rd International Conference and Exhibition on 3D BODY SCANNING TECHNOLOGIES, Lugano, Switzerland, 16-17 October 2012