Flip flopReal-world objects have a characteristic shape, appearance and response to physical interactions. Computer graphics was concerned with modeling those three components of an object to bring more realism onto our computer display. In addition, CAD (computer-aided design) tools and techniques to edit and create geometry were developed to accurately and intuitively design the shape of objects. This shapes can then directly be fabricated.

The Connectome Project

Colorful dotsWe are interested in the segmentation, visualization and analysis of brain scans in electron and optical microscopy in the multi-terabyte range.

Sponsored by NSF, NIH and private foundations.

Team Members: Ray Jones, Seymour Knowles-Barley, Verena Kaynig, Steffen Kirchhoff, Johanna Beyer, Ali Al-Awami, Adi Peleg, Daniel Haehn, Hanspeter Pfister

Advanced Video Processing

Digital video editing and computer graphics have allowed unbridled creativity for professional film makers. However, the software tools and techniques used to accomplish these tasks require expert knowledge and are often slow. With this project, we aim to improve existing video processing tools which currently slow down existing users and block new users from the creative process.

Analyzing Images Over Time

Understanding time-varying processes and phenomena is fundamental to science and engineering. Due to tremendous progress in digital photography, images and videos (including images from webcams, timelapse photography captured by scientists, surveillance videos, and Internet photo collections) are becoming an important source of information about our dynamic world. However, techniques for automated understanding and visualization of time-varying processes from images or videos are scarce and underdeveloped, requiring fundamental new models and algorithms for representing changes over time.

Biomedical Visualization

Artery blue greenWe are working to apply novel visualization tools and techniques to leading edge biomedical research. Our current focus is collaborating with the Multiscale Hemodynamics Project which is a collaboration of doctors, physicists, and computational scientists working together to model human blood flow through the coronary arteries.