Computational Vision and Imaging Technology (CVIT) is an newly founded interdisciplinary research group, providing a synthesis between the scientific disciplines associated with computational vision, image science, image engineering and visual science. The group represents the merging of two research groups in the University of Westminster, the Imaging Technology Research Group and the Computer Vision Group. It consists of staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, having long-standing records in research activities relating to the above scientific fields
Our activities include the physical measurement of images and imaging system characteristics, computational methods for image analysis, content retrieval and interactive visual environments. Inter-relationships between physical measures, computational methods and models and image perception are major group interests.
Research areas, expertise and applications
- Digital image quality and metrics
- Image psychophysics
- Visual modeling
- Image analysis and interpretation
- Human motion and behaviour modelling
- Statistical methods for pattern recognition and 2D texture descriptions
- Content-based image and video retrieval
- Interactive visual environments
- Colour imaging and management
- Imaging applications (forensic, medical, archives)
CVIT has close collaborations and runs joint research projects with the Royal Photographic Society, the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology, the MoD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), and the Medical Imaging Working Group of the International Color Consortium (ICC).
Our laboratories are equipped with specialist apparatus that enable physical attributes of images and systems to be quantified, while modern psychophysical laboratories are dedicated to subjective image evaluations and visual experiments.
At the Computational Vision and Imaging Technology (CVIT) we run a diverse and well-regarded research degree programme, reinforced by our Graduate School.
We offer a wide range of facilities, including a state of the art psychophysical laboratory, a colour science laboratory, specialised software for imaging performance measurements, a very wide range of photographic and lighting equipment and professional photographic studios.
Students graduated from the CVIT have gone on to very successful careers in the academia as well as in known worldwide imaging science labs.
Current PhD projects running at the CVIT:
- Acceptable levels of compression for CCTV imagery
- Image quality metrics relating to still image compression
- Optical image quality metrification employing human visual system modeling