News in 2016

  • What dinosaurs' colour patterns say about their habitat 30 December 2016 After reconstructing the colour patterns of a well-preserved dinosaur from China, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that the long-lost species Psittacosaurus (meaning "parrot lizard", a reference to its parrot-like beak) was light on its underside and darker on top.
  • Best poster award for SEMBED 8 November 2016 The SEMBED paper, Semantic Embedding of Egocentric Actions Videos
  • Azul Optics - a BVI Spin-out 8 November 2016 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of incurable blindness in the western world.
  • Young Vision Researchers’ Colloquium 2016 8 November 2016 This year’s colloquium was held on the same day as the EU Referendum. Those of us attending were treated to a day of discovery, with interesting and diverse current research, effectively communicated in a supportive environment.
  • Richard Gregory Memorial Lecture 2016 8 November 2016 Professor Hugh Brady, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol introduced this year’s Richard Gregory Lecturer, Dr. Keith Scholey, Director of Silverback Films.
  • The effectiveness of 3D camouflage 1 November 2016 Over 100 years ago, the American artist Abbot Thayer proposed that the reason so many animals are darker on their backs than their bellies is to disguise their 3D shape and so improve camouflage.
  • Marie-Curie ITN PROVISION 1 November 2016 The Visual Information Laboratory hosted the sixth meeting of the PROVISION Initial Training Network from the 22nd – 26th of August, 2016.
  • MULTIDRONE 19 October 2016 The University of Bristol is leading a new EU H2020 project coordinated by Professor Ioannis Pitas in VI-Lab. With a total budget of over €5 million, the aim of MULTIDRONE is to develop an innovative intelligent multi-drone team platform for media production to cover outdoor events (e.g. sports) that are typically distributed over large expanses, ranging, for example, from a stadium to an entire city.
  • The future of perceptual video compression - the PROVISION project 15 August 2016 It is estimated that around 70% to 90% of all neurons in the human brain are dedicated to vision. This demonstrates the importance of visual information for humans. Video technology has become an important part of everyday life, providing entertainment, knowledge, education and communication...
  • Researchers awarded £38K donation by Nokia for wearable object interaction 12 August 2016 As part of its annual university donations, Nokia Technologies has selected Dr Dima Damen, from the University of Bristol, as one of 20 worldwide researchers to be awarded a research donation.
  • BVI on BBC's The One Show 11 May 2016 In an episode of The One Show which aired on the 15th April, BVI contributed to an item demonstrating the dangers of texting while driving.
  • What’s in a CSF? 26 April 2016 The Contrast Sensitivity Function (CSF) is a representation of how sensitive the human visual system is to any given frequency.
  • GLANCE: a new EPSRC funded project 20 April 2016 GLANCE which stands for GLAnceable Nuances for Contextual Events is a new EPSRC funded project that starts this month. The £806,994 project brings together BVI academics from Computer Science (Walterio Mayol-Cuevas and Dima Damen) and Experimental Psychology (Iain Gilchrist and Casimir Ludwig) and will support two postdocs and two PhD students over the next four years.
  • Research News: Crustacean Vision 13 April 2016 Dr Martin How from the Ecology of Vision Lab in the School of Biological Sciences was awarded a £150,000 research grant from the Royal Society to fund a PhD studentship in crustacean vision.
  • David Bull to Chair IEEE ICIP 2020 11 April 2016 The IEEE International Conference on Image Processing is the world’s largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on image and video processing and computer vision.
  • New people in Camo Lab 11 April 2016 Last year, Camo Lab welcomed seven new members.
  • Optimal Presentation Duration for Subjective Video Quality Assessment 8 April 2016 Subjective quality assessment is an essential component of modern image and video processing, both for the validation of objective metrics and for the comparison of coding methods. However, the standard procedures used to collect data can be prohibitively time-consuming.
  • International Fellowship: Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences) 23 March 2016 Innes Cuthill (Biological Sciences) recently returned from four months as a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies).
  • Improved detection of seabed mines 24 February 2016 A project led by Tilo Burghardt in VI-Lab has developed operator-assurance capabilities for the effective and practical use of Automated Target Recognition (ATR) in seabed mine detection.
  • Warm Welcomes. Professor Ioannis Pitas 27 January 2016 Professor Ioannis Pitas, (IEEE Fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, EURASIP Fellow) joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Visual Information Laboratory as a Professor in January 2016.
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