Parametric Human Project sponsors the GET conference

September 1, 2015

The Parametric Human Project is proud to sponsor the GET (Genomes Environments Traits) Conference, in Vienna, Austria (September 17-19). This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Personal Genome Project and the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Human Genome Project.


Continued success at the growing PMHA workshop

August 31, 2015

The 3rd International Workshop on Biomechanical and Parametric Modeling of Human Anatomy
(PMHA-2015) was held on August 29-30, 2015. Hosted in at the Autodesk office in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, this year's workshop included 64 participants (computer scientists, anatomists, dentists, oro-facial surgeons, linguists, and engineers) from 27 academic-, industry-, and government-based institutions from around the world. Once again, a number of the submitted workshop papers will be selected to appear in a special issue of Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, which is due to be published in late 2016.


Parametric Human Project office space at IT University of Copenhagen

May 1, 2015

The Parametric Human Project establishes a second office for its not-for-profit activities, this time in the EU at the spectacular facilities of the IT University of Copenhagen.


Visualizing the progress of the Parametric Human Project at VIZBI 2015

March 28, 2015

James Li presented an overview of the Parametric Human Project at the Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2015) conference. The poster highlighted the progress that has been made toward digitizing the complex architecture of all the muscles of the human body from a single specimen, showing the muscles in relation to the underlying bony anatomy.


Renewed funding through NSERC

February 1, 2015

The original NSERC-CRD grant that was used to launch the Parametric Human Project has been renewed for an additional year. This funding will allow the multi-disciplinary, collaborative research initiative between Autodesk Research, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto to leverage its research momentum and to continue advancing the capture, modelling, and description of human anatomical variation.


The Parametric Human Project is now at MaRS

October 9, 2014

The Parametric Human Project now procured office space at the MaRS Discovery District, positioning itself in an innovation hub located at the heart of Canada's largest research cluster in downtown Toronto.


Another successful PMHA workshop

August 24, 2014

The 2nd International Workshop on Biomechanical and Parametric Modeling of Human Anatomy
(PMHA-2014) was held on August 22-23, 2014. Hosted once again in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the second PMHA workshop included 48 participants (computer scientists, anatomists, dentists, oro-facial surgeons, linguists, and engineers) from 22 academic-, industry-, and government-based institutions from around the world. A number of the submitted workshop papers will be selected to appear in a special issue of Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, which is due to be published in late 2015.


BoneBot: Automating the population of the Parametric Human database

May 29, 2014

The Parametric Human Project welcomes the ANThill laboratory, at OCAD University, to help automate and expedite the high-resolution laser scanning of human bone samples through the development of the BoneBot. Existing technologies for scanning the bones of human specimens are extremely time consuming, require constant human operation, and lack consistent and repeatable procedures for data acquisition. Moreover, human bone specimens are delicate, and thus direct handling and manipulation must be minimized to ensure the preservation of each bone’s integrity. Funded through the NSERC Engage industrial partnership program, the BoneBot aims to facilitate the consistent and standardized capture of data through the design of handling devices and a protective fixture that can hold and protect bones of different sizes and shapes during the scanning process. By leveraging machine learning, the BoneBot will learn the movement paths required for the collection of complete and robust human anatomical data.


Parametric Human Project registered as not-for-profit corporation in Canada

February 14, 2014

The Parametric Human Project is now registered as a not-for-profit corporation in Canada. An important aspect of the Parametric Human Project is to develop and maintain the cyber-infrastructure and the data sharing agreements between institutions. These will be the primary activities of the organization.


Partnership with Network of Centres of Excellence

December 02, 2013

We are in the process of developing a partnership with the Canadian NCE on Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND) for a multi-year collaboration that will focus on creating the technology to synthesize believable, lifelike human behaviours and functions. The services developed will comprise the neuromuscular and functional systems that drive human motions and intentions, as well as the expressive, cognitive, and social behaviours that make us human.


Another new partnership funded through industrial partnership program

October 15, 2013

Thanks, again, to funding through the NSERC Engage program, new partners have been added at the University of Toronto to focus on improving our database architecture. Data management work is being initiated alongside anatomical, geometric, and ontological analyses to improve the searchability, accessibility, and (re-)usability of data and models within the repository, as well as to support workflow provenance and jurisdictional data privacy standards.


Growing interest in the PHP consortium

September 12, 2013

New interest has been generated across many fields through the presentation of PHP-related research at international conferences related to anatomy (AACA 2013), biomechanics (CMBBE 2013 and ISB 2013), computer graphics (SIGGRAPH 2013), as well as surgical and rehabilitation medicine (AAMP/ISMR 2013). Beginning as a collection of partners and collaborators from 6 primary institutions, at its inception, the Parametric Human Project now includes over 50 participants from 18 institutions worldwide.


Ontological modelling initiated through industrial partnership program

April 24, 2013

Thanks to funding through the NSERC Engage program, we have added new partners at the University of Toronto to focus on knowledge representation of the variation in human anatomy. In development is an ontology that formalizes the existence of anatomical landmarks as geometric features, as well as defines the spatial relations that are required to formally describe the human anatomy in geometric terms, and to facilitate the logical and statistical querying of these anatomical features.


Inaugural PMHA workshop draws attention

January 30, 2013

The 1st International Workshop on Biomechanical and Parametric Modeling of Human Anatomy (PMHA-2013) was held on January 28-29, 2013. Hosted in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the inaugural workshop included 42 participants (computer scientists, anatomists, dentists, oro-facial surgeons, linguists, and engineers) from 14 academic-, industry-, and government-based institutions from around the world. A number of the submitted workshop papers have been selected to appear in a special issue of Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization, entitled Biomechanical and Parametric Modeling of Human Anatomy from Images, which is due to be published in early 2014.


Launch of the Parametric Human Project

February 02, 2012

The Parametric Human Project launched on February 1, 2012 as a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research initiative between Autodesk Research, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Toronto under a 3-year NSERC-CRD grant. The scope of this grant focuses on creating a full skeletal atlas and detailed models of the muscles associated with the arm, head, and neck. The assembled team includes experts in anatomy, medical image processing, biomechanical modelling and simulation, as well as computer graphics and human computer interaction. Additional funding has been provided by Autodesk Canada Co., and Faro Technologies has provided equipment to enable laser scanning of skeletal specimens.