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300454 UE Surface scanning for the visualization and measurement of biological form (2019S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Besonders empfohlen als Ergänzung (MAN 3 Pflichtmodul Individuelle Spezialisierung) zu den Modulen MAN W1 Hominidenevolution und MAN W2 Verhaltensbiologie des Menschen.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: German



Kick-off meeting: Tuesday, March 5, 10 a.m.
General classes depending on the number of participants most likely: Tuesday, March 5 until 2 p.m.; Wednesday, March 13 12:30 until 3.30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m.; Monday, April 1, 10 a.m.–3.30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 9, whole day; if needed further individual appointments for scanning, post processing and presentation of the scanning project.


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: The aim is to teach the skills to independently surface scan, post-process, and analyze a medium complex object using the scanner and software of the department.

Contents: The course gives an introduction into different surface scanning methods, with an emphasis on optotopometric surface scanning. Besides calibration and the scanning itself, the post-processing and analyses of the data are emphasized.

Methods: brief lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises (individual as well as in class), conducting an individual scanning project under supervision.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance and active participation, little written tests and exercises, individual practical final project and its presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A minimum of 51 points is required for the successful completion of the course. The single components are weighted as follows: regular attendance and active participation (20 points), written or oral tests (20 points), practical final project (3D model: 30 points, oral presentation and reply to questions: 30 points).

Examination topics

Continuous assessment of course work (prüfungsimmanent)!

Reading list

Adams JW, Olah A, McCurry MR, Potze S (2015). Surface Model and Tomographic Archive of Fossil Primate and Other Mammal Holotype and Paratype Specimens of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, Pretoria, South Africa. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139800.

Friess M (2012). Scratching the Surface? The use of surface scanning in physical and paleoanthropology. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 90: 7–31.

Modabber A et al. (2016). Evaluation of the accuracy of a mobile and a stationary system for three-dimensional facial scanning. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery 44(10): 1719–1724.

Niven L, Steele TE, Finke H, Gernat T, Hublin J-J. (2009). Virtual skeletons: using a structured light scanner to create a 3D faunal comparative collection. Journal of Archaeological Science 36: 2018–2023.

Przybilla H-J (2007). Streifenprojektion – Grundlagen, Systeme und Anwendungen. Hochschule Bochum, Fachbereich Vermessung und Geoinformatik. Beiträge zum 74. DVW-Seminar in Fulda, Band 53, ISBN_13: 978-3-89639-607-5, Seite 111–122.

Schneider TM, Hecht H, Carbon C-C (2012). Judging body weight from faces: The height -- weight illusion. Perception 41: 121-124.

Toma AM, Zhurov A, Playle R, Ong E, Richmond S. (2009) Reproducibility of facial soft tissue landmarks on 3D laser-scanned facial images. Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research 12: 33–42.

Further references will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory

MAN W5 , MAN 3

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