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SAILS Lunch Time Seminar

Date
Monday 11 January 2021
Time
Address
Online

Explorative 3D Imaging: the Physical Search Engine

Search engines and their underlying databases are becoming more and more powerful in answering a wide range of questions, driven by increasingly flexibility in formulating queries. A key limitation of such systems is that they can only answer questions based on data that is already available at the time the question is asked by the user. This conflicts sharply with the needs of exploratory research, where new questions are followed by the collection of new data, based on which the questions can be answered. This, in turn, leads to more questions, resulting in an iterative process of asking questions and collecting data. 
In this talk I will introduce the field of explorative 3D imaging, where a domain expert on a particular type of objects (products in a factory, cultural artifacts, or even medical patients) interacts with a 3D scanner that analyzes and visualizes the scan data in real-time. As a result, the scanner can adapt the data acquisition iteratively to new questions, facilitating new knowledge discovery. 
I will discuss the key challenges involved in speeding up the computational imaging pipeline that is the backbone of such a system, and the essential role of machine learning and AI in analyzing the data in real-time. 
 

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