VR Centre for the Built Environment

The VR Centre for the Built Environment (VRCBE) was originally funded through a technology foresight challenge under the directorship of Alan Penn. The centre now comprises four staff from UCL Bartlett’s Space Group, which was flagged as a 5-rated research group in the 2001 RAE. The centre's interests are focused on the relationship between built and virtual environments and their social inhabitation, through analysis, visualisation and design generation. Major current and recent projects include Vivacity (EPRSC Sustainable Urban Environments), UrbanBuzz (HEIF), Space, Time and Interaction (EPSRC Platform Grant) and Cityware (EPSRC).

Over the past five years, the staff have been investigators on projects totalling over £8M. The centre has recently forged links with China through the EPSRC’s Dongtan initiative and Penn has been involved at the highest level of the China-UK Sustainable Development Dialogue. The centre has also embarked on collaboration with Germany’s Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Cognition, with Alasdair Turner and Ruth Conroy-Dalton co-chairing a workshop on Space Syntax and Spatial Cognition at the 2006 International Conference Spatial Cognition with Christoph Hoelscher of the University of Freiburg. These links have strengthened the centre’s expertise in the perception and cognition of space, and are reflected in a new module proposed by Conroy-Dalton, and closer links between the MSc Adaptive Architecture & Computation and MSc Advanced Architectural Studies at the Bartlett, which aim to draw together the strands of visualisation and geometric generation with the theory of the social usage of space.

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Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics

The Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics Group (VECG) is based in the Department of Computer Science. The CS department has over 50 active academic staff in eight research groups. The department is housed in the new Malet Place Engineering Building (a £30M investment opened in 2005). The VECG group in CS numbers six academic staff (Dr Steed, Prof. Slater, Dr Kautz, Dr Julier, Dr Weyrich, Dr Brostow, Prof Treleaven). There are approximately 24 research fellows and doctoral students. The group is well known for its work on what makes virtual reality systems effective, real-time global illumination, virtual humans, collaborative virtual environments, computer games systems, haptics, 3D interaction and digital heritage. It pioneered the study of presence as a measure of the effectiveness of immersive virtual environments, and this research helped shape two EU FET calls on presence-enabling technologies.

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UCL Interaction Centre

UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) led by Prof. Ann Blanford, is an interdisciplinary centre conducting research on Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) that spans psychological and computing sciences. It is jointly funded by two UCL 5A/5* departments, Computer Science and Psychology. UCLIC teaches a major Masters course in HCI with Ergonomics, accredited by the Ergonomics Society, from which 25–30 students graduate each year.

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Centre for Medical Image Computing

The Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) was formed 3.5 years ago when Prof. David Hawkes and his team moved from KCL to join Prof. Simon Arridge and Dr. Daniel Alexander (then members of CS’s VIVE group, now members of CS’s VIS group). Prof. Hawkes directed the EPSRC and MRC-funded Medical Images and Signals IRC from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Alexander has recently been awarded an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship. CMIC holds a Platform Grant in Medical Image Computing and an MRC Interdisciplinary Bridging Award as well as a significant portfolio of EPSRC responsive mode grants, 5 TSB Technology Programme Grants and was recently awarded ~ £8-10M for a Cancer Imaging Centre joint with King’s College. CMIC’s annual income is ~£5M, supporting its research activity in both methodological research and its translation to life sciences and healthcare.

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UCL Chorley Institute

The UCL Chorley Institute, led by Dr Muki Haklay, offers support for research across UCL in the area of computer visualisation and modelling, and the resources that are available through it are accessible, at no additional costs to VEIV REs. These include hardware, software and datasets.

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Centre for Computation Science

The Centre for Computational Science is a research centre at University College London headed by Professor Peter V. Coveney and based in the Department of Chemistry. The group performs research in atomistic, mesoscale and multiscale modeling, including quantum and classical molecular dynamics, dissipative particle dynamics, lattice gas and lattice-Boltzmann techniques, and exploits state of the art high performance computing and visualisation methods.

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