Visione ed elaborazione delle immagini e suoni (VIPS - Vision, Image Processing & Sound)

Description

The Vision, Image Processing & Sound (VIPS) laboratory is active in research issues related to Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, and Sound Analysis & Processing, devoted to applications involving Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Multimedia aspects in general.

One of the VIPS current research interests comprises image analysis and understandingin the large. In this context, three-dimensional computer vision and Pattern Recognition are the main topics in which, specifically, recovering of 3D information from images, scene/object reconstruction from 3D data, and graphical models constitute the most significant activities. In particular, 3D image registration and fusion, mosaicing, view synthesis are all work in progress. Object recognition and scene reconstruction, also from multisensory data, are also issues VIPS is currently interested in.
In this area, we are particularly dealing with methodologies integrating Vision & Graphicsand related issues like image-based modeling, and layered representations. Further, more specific pattern recognition issues are addressed by investigating Hidden Markov Modelstargeted to vision and HCI applications, like image segmentation, shape analysis, and classification of human behavior.

Another main research topic is related to Vision & Sound. In this context, we are addressing augmented and virtual reality applications using visual and acoustic cues, and a project aimed at supporting the navigation of visually impaired people using vision-driven sound, i.e., sound guided by information extracted by the visual scene analysis.

The Sound group of VIPS works on sound analysis, sound synthesis and processing, with applications to human-computer interfaces. Sound synthesis by physical modeling, sound spatialization, digital audio effects and, more in general, sound and music computing are the specialties of the research group.

The VIPS research is mainly oriented towards real-world problems, but "visionary" applications are sometimes addressed too.
More technically, VIPS expertise spans on the general aspects of image and signal processing, computer vision and pattern recognition, and more specifically on stereo vision, tracking, and probabilistic techniques for image processing like Markov Random Fields, Bayesian networks, hidden Markov models, and neural networks. Underwater vision (acoustical and optical), data fusion and sensory integration with applications on object detection/recognition, sea floor classification, and bathymetry are also part of the laboratory experience.
Due to the many activities involved, also the number of addressed applications is large. Analysis of human behavior, augmented/virtual reality, integration of vision & sound and vision & graphics can be cast in the area of human-computer interaction. Industrial applications like robotics, videosurveillance, automation, visual inspection and quality control, entertainment, and autonomous driving are also tackled using the techniques studied in the VIPS lab.

Our lab is also deeply involved in industrial funded projects. Main sponsors are the European Commission (EC) and local companies. VIPS is involved in EC projects and industrial projects, together with some other funding coming from national governative institutions (Italian Space Agency, Ministry of Education, and so on). 

Teaching activities are also included in the lab activities. Together with periodic seminars held by students and researchers, the courses Digital Image Processing, Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Sound Processing, and Human-Computer Interaction are currently held by the VIPS researchers and included in the Master degree in Computer Science at the University of Verona. Occasionally, the VIPS laboratory organizes conferences and workshops. For instance, on december 2000 the COST-G6 international conference on Digital Audio Effects was organised by the VIPS lab in Verona and sponsored by the European Commission.

 

Components

Vittorio Murino
Full Professor
Andrea Fusiello
Personale di spin-off
Andrea Giachetti
Associate Professor
Gloria Menegaz
Associate Professor
Umberto Castellani
Assistant Professor
Marco Cristani
Associate Professor
Manuele Bicego
Assistant Professor
Michela Farenzena
Incaricato alla ricerca
Valeria Garro
Research Associate
Roberto Toldo
Personale di spin-off
Skills
Topic Research area ISI-CRUI
Behavior analysis Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Machine learning
Computer Science & Engineering
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Informatica applicata
Applied computing - Life and medical sciences
Biomedical data processing Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Machine learning
Computer Science & Engineering
Computer forensics Informatica applicata
Applied computing - Computer forensics
Computer Science & Engineering
Computer graphics Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Computer graphics
Computer Science & Engineering
Computer Vision Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Artificial intelligence
Computer Science & Engineering
Image processing and computer vision Computing Methodologies - IMAGE PROCESSING AND COMPUTER VISION Computer Science & Engineering
Modellazione statistica di dati multimediali Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Artificial intelligence
Multi-modal biomedical image processing Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Artificial intelligence
Computer Science & Engineering
Neuroimaging Informatica applicata
Applied computing - Life and medical sciences
Computer Science & Engineering
Neuroimaging Data Analysis Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Machine learning
Computer Science & Engineering
Pattern Recognition Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Machine learning
Computer Science & Engineering
Sistemi avanzati per il riconoscimento Sistemi intelligenti
Computing methodologies - Artificial intelligence
Computer Science & Engineering
Sparse signal processing Sistemi intelligenti
Mathematics of computing - Discrete mathematics
Computer Science & Engineering
Video Surveillance and Monitoring Informatica applicata
Applied computing - Computer forensics
Computer Science & Engineering
Projects
Title People in charge Sponsors Starting date Duration (months)
Analisi e classificazione di comportamenti sociali mediante modelli grafici probabilistici generativi (PRIN 2008) Vittorio Murino PRIN VALUTATO POSITIVAMENTE 1/27/10 24
Integrazione di funzioni vocali avanzate per l'interfaccia utente di applicazioni di centrale telefonica digitale Carlo Drioli, Carlo Combi 4/1/10 12
Internationally Co-tutored PhD Program in Computer Science with specialization in Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Image Processing Vittorio Murino Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca 1/1/03 72
Ricostruzione tridimensionale dalle immagini, visualizzazione e localizzazione nell'ambito del progetto VISIT (PRIN 2009) Andrea Fusiello PRIN VALUTATO POSITIVAMENTE 11/15/11 24
SAMURAI - Suspicious and abnormal Behaviour monitoring using a network of cameras and sensor for situation awareness enhancement Vittorio Murino Unione Europea 6/1/08 42
SIMBAD - Similarity-Based Pattern Analysis and Recognition Vittorio Murino Unione Europea 4/1/08 36
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