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.
In hardware, the institute provides access to a 3D colour laser scanner provided by Arius3D (~£0.5M) which is the only on of its kind in England, and a portable laser scanner that can be used accurately to depict objects up to room size. It also holds mobile eye trackers that can be used for a wide range of visualisation experiments. It provides access to MatLab with image processing and mapping extensions and other software tools that can be used by VEIV REs including Manifold GIS and ENVI/IDL. Finally, the datasets include a complete high-resolution aerial coverage of London and 3D information for London. An extension, planned by the Vice-Provost (Research) will link the Institute to UCL’s High Performance Computing facilities, including the £4M, 42 TeraFlop ‘Legion’ facility.
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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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more