Visual Information Processing (VIP) Laboratory

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The VIP Laboratory belongs to the Information and Data Sciences (IDS) Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University.  Its three main objectives are sponsored research,  student training and technology transfer, in the broad area of visual information processing. It has been home to graduate and undergraduate students working on various projects, including visual surveillance, 3-D video and human-computer interfaces.

The most recent research thrust in the VIP Laboratory is directed towards the development of next-generation user authentication methods to replace pass-codes, key-cards, RFID tags, etc. The focus is on gesture-based authentication where a user is recognized from a unique hand, arm or even whole-body movement. The advantage of such authentication over a fingerprint or iris scan is that once such a scan is compromised it cannot be recovered, whereas a gesture can be changed. You can read more about motivation for this work in a BU Today article and watch the video below. For research results, please see Projects/HCIs section.