Visual Information Laboratory

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The Visual Information Laboratory exists to undertake innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research resulting in world leading technology in the areas of computer vision, image and video communications, content analysis and distributed sensor systems.

Formed in 2010, VI Lab merged two well established research groups; Signal Processing (EEEng) and Computer Vision (CS).

The two constituent groups offer shared and complementary strengths and, with a history of successful collaboration since 1993, their merger has created one of the largest groupings of its type in the UK.

The Visual Information Laboratory has an international reputation based on fundamental and applied research and collaborates widely. Within the University collaboration is primarily through the Bristol Vision Institute, The Centre for Communications Research and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. It also has a strong track record of collaborating externally with academia and industry, through EPSRC and EU funding. It combines fundamental research with exploitation, creating impact through patents and licensing.

Current primary research areas include:

  • Image and video search and retrieval
  • Video tracking, gait analysis and anomaly detection
  • Visual SLAM
  • Medical and bio-imaging
  • Detection and classification of difficult targets and camouflage
  • Machine vision
  • Image and video compression
  • Error resilient video communications
  • 3D and multiview processing
  • High dynamic range imaging, vision and graphics
  • Image perception, image quality assessment and metrics
  • Colour science

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