LoVE, led by Prof. Nigel Allinson, specialises in the capture, transmission, processing and understanding of image, video and other high-dimensional data. Eight academic staff members are aligned with the Centre. The Centre focuses on several application areas, including healthcare, scientific, security and environmental monitoring; as well as developing novel processing algorithms and designing/supplying new imagers and systems. LoVE possesses a unique capability within UK universities, namely the design and fabrication of custom CMOS sensors. It boasts full CAD platforms, both academic and commercial, and advanced characterisation systems for imagers.
Current projects include:The vision of LoVE is to become an internationally recognised centre for computer vision research and application in the fields of novel solid-state imagers, embedded vision systems, medical imaging and environmental/behavioural monitoring.
- Development of specialised CMOS imagers and complete systems for medical, scientific and security applications
- Medical imaging and other data applications including retinal scanning, image-guided radiotherapy and proton therapy imaging and dosimetry, and sleep analysis
- Environmental and behavioural monitoring including bird/mammal population monitoring, and welfare of domestic animals
- Security applications including face recognition and intelligent surveillance systems incorporating Catadioptric cameras and real-time embedded processing
External income: Grants of significance that the Centre has held during the REF period include an EPSRC First Grant (£105,000, PI: Dickinson), the TSB BRAINS project (£170,000, PI: Hunter), the TSB TOTALCARE project (£120,000, PI: Hunter), MI-3 Plus (EPSRC Translation grant – £989,000) and Pravda (Wellcome Translation Grant – £1.6m)