François Blais

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We review 20 years of development in the field of 3-D laser imaging. An overview of 3-D digitizing techniques is presented with an emphasis on commercial techniques and systems currently available. It covers some of the most important methods that have been developed, both at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and elsewhere, with a focus on(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis has reemerged as an important public health problem, and the frequency of drug resistance is increasing. A major reason for the development of resistant infections and relapse is poor compliance with medical regimens. In Tarrant County, Texas, we initiated a program of universal directly observed treatment for tuberculosis. We report(More)
The present study's main objective is to examine whether problem orientation and problem-solving skills differ according to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) symptom level or clinical status (seeking help for GAD). Its secondary goal is to examine whether two cognitive variables (intolerance of uncertainty and beliefs about worry) vary according to GAD(More)
Active 3-D vision systems, such as laser scanners and structured light systems, obtain the object coordinates from external information such as scanning angles, time of flight, or shape of projected patterns. Passive systems require well-defined features such as targets and edges and are affected by ambient light. Therefore, they have difficulty with(More)
Accurate 3-D models of environments, or sites, are essential to the success of navigation and positioning of autonomous vehicles in these environments. However, creating such models in large indoor environments is a challenging task indeed. This paper describes the procedures and the components of a system designed to solve the problems of precise indoors(More)
A 3-D laser tracking scanner system analysis focusing on immunity to ambient sunlight and geometrical resolution and accuracy is presented in the context of a space application. The main goal of this development is to provide a robust sensor to assist in the assembly of the Space Station. This 3-D laser scanner system can be used in imagery or in tracking(More)
This paper presents a new technique for fast, view-dependent, real-time visualization of large multiresolution geometric models with color or texture information. This method uses geomorphing to smoothly interpolate between geometric patches composing a hierarchical level-of-detail structure, and to maintain seamless continuity between neighboring patches(More)
imaging and modeling of real objects have received significant attention in the computer vision and graphics research fields. The capacity to create, display, and manipulate a high-resolution 3D digital representation of an existing object’s shape and appearance can play a significant role in the area of heritage, comprising museum collections and(More)
An important application of laser range sensing is found in the 3D scanning and modelling of heritage collections, and of sculptures in particular. Since a significant proportion of the statues in the world’s museums is composed of marble, the optical properties of this material under laser range sensing need to be understood. Marble’s translucency and(More)