The UK in general, and the University of Bristol in particular, is a world leader in vision science. Bristol has a long and rich tradition at the forefront of the study of human and animal vision, artificial vision systems and imaging more generally. The University has identified vision science as one of its core “research themes” and underlined this with the creation of the Bristol Vision Institute (BVI) in 2007. BVI functions as a virtual research institute and has been highly successful in stimulating research interactions and collaborations. Since its inception, BVI has been the umbrella for many new research activities. Built on the belief that interdisciplinarity is central to future developments in this field, BVI brings together researchers from science, engineering, medicine and the creative arts.
The reach of BVI extends across the region, with close ties to the Bristol Eye Hospital, UWE’s Machine Vision Group, Centre for Moving Image Research, and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory as well as local universities. Internationally, BVI has research partnerships with organisations from around the globe. It also has access to a rich research infrastructure, including the BV Motion Laboratory, the BVI Studio, the Wolfson-supported Clinical Research and Imaging Centre, and the Wolfson Bioimaging Centre. The scale of this collaboration is unique in Europe and offers unequalled potential for progressing vision research in its broadest sense - from perception to application. BVI is proud to host the only current EPSRC Platform Grant in Vision Science and Engineering - Vision for the Future.
BVI currently represents a grouping of around 40 permanent academic staff and some 80 researchers working on vision and imaging research and its applications at Bristol.
BVI staff have published around 200 leading journal papers over the past five years and hold 23 editorial positions on international journals.