Computer Systems, Imagery & media (CSI)
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The Computer Systems, Imagery & media program performs fundamental research in the following areas.
- Methods and techniques for the design, implementation and application of advanced computer systems, in particular parallel, distributed and embedded computer systems.
- Research on methods and techniques for the analysis and synthesis of images, pattern recognition, image fusion, 3D reconstruction and visualization, computer vision, imaging systems, image search, media technology.
We aim for application of our algorithms in medicine, bio- and chemoinformatics, engineering, and physics. The program has various groups:
High Performance Computing (HPC)
prof. dr. Harry A.G. Wijshoff (head)
The programme concentrates on a broad range of research topics in the area of computer science: (optimising) compilers, parallel and distributed computing, grid computing, large-scale applications, large-scale database systems, embedded software development, virtual environments, application drivers, problem solving environments, analysis of multimedia information toward the needs of human computer interaction (HCI), and content based retrieval in digital libraries. We focus our research on the following sub-areas:
- Large-scale applications, grid computing, problem solving environments
- Parallel and distributed computing, optimizing compiler technology, embedded software development
- Large-scale database systems, data compilation, data integration, and data mining
The mission of HPC is to investigate, analyze and improve the state of the art applications of computer and software system technology, and to rigorously demonstrate the effectiveness of the resulting novel techniques in software, algorithms, and problem-directed/data-directed computing for selected current and future computational challenges.
Leiden Embedded Research Center (LERC)
dr. T.P. Stefanov (head)
LERC is an expert group in advanced research in Embedded Systems and Software. The group covers three related topics in this rapidly evolving domain:
- Embedded Systems (theory and applications)
- Embedded Software (embedded software)
- Embedded Design (software architectures/software engineering practice)
LERC's application domains are multimedia, signal processing, computer vision, and molecular biology. The research at LERC deals with modeling of applications and multi-processor architectures, and mapping methods in these domains, at various levels of abstraction, for exploration and design, theoretically and practically, down to real platforms.
LERC is advocating and applying modern state‘“of‘“the‘“art Software Engineering Practice both in the way the group‘™s projects are integrated, documented, and assessed, and in the way software that implements research results is written, tested and assessed. Read more...
Imaging and Bioinformatics (IB)
dr. ir. Fons J. Verbeek (head)
The research focus of this group is on bio-imaging and integration of the analysis of images and image information with other bio-molecular information resources; in addition we study new ways of interacting with these data. At present the bio-imaging has its emphasis on microscopy modalities, in particular light microscopy.Analysis requires a large number of images be processed. To overcome the limitations of standard storage formats, innovative approaches for image databases experimental settings are probed. Special attention is given to image annotation making images more suitable for data mining. The results are disseminated in the research community one example of such integrated approach is the atlas of zebrafish development. Others repositories of 2-3D images are being developed and published on the internet.
Media Research (MR)
dr. Michael S. Lew (head)
The Media Research (MR) Group is concerned with the scientific investigation of novel directions and paradigms in the interaction and understanding of diverse media, such as images, video, and audio. Our current areas of interest are primarily in the fields of multimedia information retrieval, human computer interaction, computational imagination, and visual & audio concept learning. Additional interests lie in areas such as collaborative information systems, and computational biology.
Media Technology (MT)
prof.dr. Bas Haring (head)
The Media Technology research program distinguishes itself primarily because of its research method, and only secondly because of its research domain. Within the program researchers and students autonomously formulate research questions, triggered by personal inspirations and curiosities, thus yielding manageable and compact research projects. The domain of the Media Technology research program is the embedding of human beings in a computerized world. This is studied by exploratively creating such embedding, in contrast to ‘“ maybe more traditional ‘“ pure reflective research. Within the domain, research focuses on the following themes:
- Pervasive sound: Whereas visual input is strongly located, sound is more "around us" - pervasive. Hence pervasive sound enables us to study embedment.
- Human-computer mixing: The interface between humans and computers is thoroughly investigated; but what if we perceive both as more or less mixed? How reasonable is it to perceive humans as mere computers? Not in a philosophical, but practical sense.
- New natures: It seems as if nature diminishes, but what if we see ourselves embedded in a new, autonomous nature of soft- and hardware?