Ales Jurca, VP Footwear Research at Volumental, has been applying 3D foot scanning technology to the footwear industry since 1999. He started as Chief R&D Manager at Alpina, the world’s largest cross-country boots producer, where he introduced 3D foot scanning into the last design process and into footwear retail. Among other projects he has managed foot scanning campaigns and 3D data analysis for the Swiss army and EU Project Dorothy.
Ales holds an MSc in Robotics and Biomechanics from Ljubljana University and is finishing his Ph.D. at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School with a focus on using AI for shoe sizing recommendations.
Recent published research:
Analysis of 1.2 million foot scans from North America, Europe and Asia
Analysis of hallux valgus angles automatically extracted from 3D foot scans taken in North America, Europe, and Asia
Estimating Footwear Fit by Using 3D Foot Scans of Shoe Shoppers