June 23, 2003
Computer vision experts gather at UCSC
By Tim Stephens
Computer vision researchers from industry and academia came together
at UCSC this month for the 2003 Bay Area Vision Meeting. The meeting,
held on June 11, was organized by Roberto Manduchi and Hai Tao, both
assistant professors of computer engineering who are involved in computer
"It started as a branch of artificial intelligence, and
it turned out to be a multifaceted and complex issue."
Image courtesy of R. Manduchi
The field of computer vision aims to mimic human vision through automated
analysis of images and video, using the output from a camera to recognize
people and objects and track moving things.
Computer vision has applications in robotics, surveillance, remote
sensing of the environment, and computer graphics.
"It started as a branch of artificial intelligence, and it turned
out to be a multifaceted and complex issue," Manduchi said.
Jitendra Malik, the Arthur J. Chick Professor of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, began the meeting with an overview
of the development of the field over the past 40 years and the current
challenges facing researchers. He estimated that it would take scientists
another 40 years to work out the major unsolved problems in the field.
"Vision is the result of billions of years of evolution, so we
should expect it to take us some time to work it out," Malik said.
The daylong meeting included presentations by researchers from Honda
Research Institute, HP Labs, IBM-Almaden Research Center, NEC Laboratories,
and other industry research labs, as well as from NASA-Ames Research
Center, UC Berkeley, and Washington University. Manduchi and Tao presented
their recent work, as did Peyman Milanfar, an associate professor of
electrical engineering who is also doing research in computer vision.
"It was the first meeting of this kind at UCSC," Manduchi
said. "Mostly the aim is to familiarize all the people in the Bay
Area who are working in the same field, and also to create connections
between UC and industry researchers."
The meeting was sponsored by the Center for Information Technology
Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), UCSC's Information Technologies
Institute, and the Department of Computer Engineering. UCSC is a partner
in CITRIS, which is based at UC Berkeley.
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