Dublin City University

DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.

Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and now occupies a 72 acre site in Glasnevin, just north of Dublin city. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is ranked among the top 50 Universities worldwide (QS ‘Top 50 under 50′ 2012). In the last eight years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.

The Centre for Image Processing and Analysis (CIPA)  is comprised of researchers in DCU (primarily the Vision Systems Group (VSG), a key university recognised research group) along with a wide range of Industrial and Biomedical partners. CIPA acts as the focus for Image Processing & Quantitative Image Analysis research in DCU. CIPA is one of 3 research centres within the RINCE (a PRTLI 1 funded national research institute focussed on innovation in engineering).

At the core of CIPA is the Vision Systems Group (VSG). The VSG was formed in 1990 by Prof. Paul Whelan, as a forum to co-ordinate and support the promotion of computer and machine vision research in DCU. In 1999 Prof. Whelan formed the Medical Imaging and Visualization Laboratory as a focus for medical imaging research within DCU. The Vision Systems Group currently consists of a core team working on computer vision (specifically image segmentation), medical imaging (specifically computer aided detection/diagnosis) and their associated visualization projects. In addition to the VSG team we have 5 adjunct faculty members based in the Mater hospital and RCSI. CIPA/VSG was also a founding member of Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society (IPRCS).

CIPA/VSG was a founding member RINCE – an Irish national research institute focussed on innovation in engineering (a €10.4 million HEA-PRTLI I initiative). It was also founding member of the NBIP – National Biophotonics & Imaging Platform(a €30 million HEA-PRTLI IV initiative) and the recently funded (PRTLI V, €23.8 million) Nano-Bioanalytical Research Facility.

Our digital and non-digital IPA research programmes relate to issues involved in the acquisition (custom sensor design), processing, quantitative analysis, classification, visualization and systems engineering (integration) for a wide range of computer vision applications. Specifically the centre focuses on the issues involved in the automation or semi automation of image feature segmentation, and its associated quantitative analysis, at both a micro and macro level.

The core expertise provided by the CIPA is in its ability to develop and design novel computer based solutions that will allow the automatic extraction of key image features [specifically from 2D, video, 3D and 4D data sources] with a view to a robust and reliable quantitative analysis, classification or tracking of key information/data within the scene.

CIPA also runs a wide ranging Education & Outreach programmes covering undergraduate & graduate education along with undergraduate internships and outreach into second level education.

  • Key Contact

    Professor Paul Whelan

    B.Eng. (Hons) (Dublin), M.Eng. (Limerick), Ph.D. (Cardiff), C.Eng., SMIEEE, FIET
    Personal Chair
    Professor of Computer Vision
    School of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Computing

    Advanced needs driven image segmentation, and associated quantitative analysis (specifically mathematical morphology, colour-texture analysis) research with applications in computer/machine vision and medical imaging (specifically computer aided detection and diagnosis focusing on translational research). This is done within an engineering framework focusing on the automatic extraction of key image features with a view to quantitative analysis, classification and/or tracking of key information within an image or sequence of images.

    Email: paul.whelan@dcu.ie