Computer Systems, Imagery and media (CSI)
The Computer Systems, Imagery & media (CSI) program performs research on methods and techniques for the design, implementation and application of advanced computer systems, in particular parallel, distributed and embedded computer systems. Focus is furthermore on methods and techniques for the analysis and synthesis of images, pattern recognition, image fusion, 3D reconstruction and visualization, computer vision, imaging systems, image search and media technology.
This research programme of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) contains three themes.
Researchers at LIACS are working to develop the computer systems of tomorrow. These include high performance computers, capable of simultaneously processing huge volumes of data. In that respect, we are involved in research into grand database systems and in embedded systems, the driver of the internet of things.
New media and games are inextricably linked with the possibilities offered by computers in terms of virtual environments and interactive games. With better algorithms, we can increase the speed, enhance the reality and so improve the overall usability of these applications.
In principle, in the same way that young children are able to learn to recognise images, certain computers have a similar capability. On the basis of the characteristic aspects of a picture, a computer can tell us what the picture is showing. Further improving these techniques opens the way to a whole range of new applications. This is a field in which we are carrying out much research work.