Rince Institute

Center for Image Processing & Analysis (CIPA)

 The Centre for Image Processing & Analysis (CIPA) is one of three major research centres within the Rince Institute (a PRTLI 1 funded national centre for excellence in Information and Communications Technology).

The focus of the centres research is in the area of Computer Vision and more specifically Image Processing & Analysis (IPA). Our digital and non-digital IPA research programmes relate to issues involved in the acquisition (custom sensor design), processing, quantitative analysis, classification, visualisation and systems engineering (integration) for a wide range of computer vision applications. Specifically, CIPA 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. CIPA currently consists of 20 researchers based in DCU and the Mater Hospital. These researchers are working on computer vision (specifically image segmentation), medical imaging (specifically computer aided detection / diagnosis) and their associated visualisation projects.


The core expertise provided by the Centre for Image Processing & Analysis (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 the key information/data within the scene.

Selected Key Projects:

Currently our main research programs are funded by 2 SFI grants (1 project in medical imaging, 1 in quantitative image processing & analysis), 2 Enterprise Ireland commercialization grants and 3 IRCSET awards (PhD Studentships). CIPA were recently were awarded 2 INVENT 2006 Invention Disclosure Awards and have 2 patents currently pending. Current & recent projects include:

  • Computer Vision: 3D Imaging / Industrial Vision, Colour Texture Analysis, Visually Guided Robotic Mobile Platforms, High resolution 3D image acquisition systems
  • Medical Imaging (Computer Aided Detection and Diagnosis): Skin Cancer Feature Detection and Measurement, Morphological Analysis of the Colon, Functional Analysis of Cardiac Images, Application of computer vision to the life science community
  • Visual Biometrics: Face feature segmentation and classification, Real-time Motion Segmentation and Tracking
  • Image Visualisation: 3D Human Modelling, Bio-medical Visualisation, 3-D Computer Graphics
  • Visual Programming for Computer and Machine Vision

Selected Academic Linkages:

RCSI, National Biophotonics & Imaging Platform (Imaging Ireland), Range of European and North American Universities.

Selected Other Linkages:

Mater Hospital, Robotiker Infotech (Spain), Agilent, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Range of industrial partners.

Selected CIPA Photos

Automatic image based feature extraction and tracking of cellular/micro structures

Computer Aided Detection & Diagnosis in Medical Imaging: Reconstructed colon with clinically relevant polyps flagged. Left: External view. Right: Internal view with automatic centre line highlighted.

3D quantitative image analysis of surfaces

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Head of CIPA: Prof. Paul Whelan – Profile