Work Packages

ApPEARS multi-disciplinary approach will lead to an extended understanding of different methodologies in the areas of material appearance, texture, printing, colour imaging, appearance measurement. Coordinated communication, public engagement as well as the use and dissemination of results are essential for the successful accomplishment of network objectives, to protect the partners’ interests and exploitation perspectives, as well as to ensure maximum benefits for the European scientific community and citizens. Particularly, ApPEARS will help to bring down the barriers in communication between a) simulation theoreticians on the one hand and experimentalists on the other, b) researchers working in academia and industry, c) computer / digital media specialists, metrologists, material scientists, d) scientists and the general public.

WP1 - Local, network and external training

Lead Beneficiary: UWE

To carry out training-through-research as well as training through practical and real life exercises/courses on scientific /technical subjects but also on transferable skills like communication, entrepreneurial ship and project management to foster the career opportunities and manage a PCDP.


WP2 - Measurement of material appearance

Lead Beneficiary: CNAM

To provide devices and protocols to represent numerically the appearance of surfaces and to provide perceptual meaningful metrics that quantifies the appearance difference between two surfaces.

WP3 - Material appearance printing

Lead Beneficiary: LIU

Methodologies for appearance printing, to better control, predict and accurately reproduce the appearance of an original. This includes the development of methodologies for goniochromatic gamut mapping, structure-based halftoning methods and models for predicting the outcome of appearance 2.5D and 3D prints.

WP4 - Material appearance workflow

Lead Beneficiary: FHG

To propose a data processing workflow for 2.5D and 3D printing - from capturing system responses to print control parameters - for accurately reproducing appearance data. This includes the development of novel algorithms and strategies to fuse, represent, compress and communicate optical material properties and appearance attributes. To test and implement these schemes in Appearance management systems using iccMAX architecture.

WP5 - Methodologies for 2.5D and 3D printing applications

Lead Beneficiary: OCE

Identify the commercial applications, strengths and weaknesses of current printing workflows for 2.5D and 3D printing and explore content-creation environments for applications involving capabilities to reproduce material appearance aspects such as gloss and texture. Evaluate the feasibility of different methods for material appearance reproduction in unconventional fields of applications. Test new combinations of material interactions between surfaces and pigments, dyes and finishes.

WP6 - Exploitation, Dissemination and Communication

Lead Beneficiary: UWE

Ensure a successful communication, dissemination and exploitation of the project results and scientific advancements. Ensure communication for non-scientific community, increase commercial impact for partners, and demonstrate benefits and positive promotion of sciences to potential students. Commercialisation of products through patents, IP, Kickstarter, Innovation Cafes.

WP7 - Coordination and Project Management

Lead Beneficiary: NTNU

Ensure a smooth running of the project including communication between the consortium and the EC, so that all knowledge is created, managed and disseminated in a coordinated and coherent manner and that all training activities, financial and legal aspects and other issues are managed to a high standard. Ensure all aspects of the EC requirements for communication and reporting are met. To successfully recruit the fellow researchers.