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, human-computer interfaces, 3-D video and cybersecurity.

The most recent research thrust in the VIP Laboratory is directed towards indoor occupancy sensing with the goals of saving energy (heating/cooling/ventilation), assuring occupant comfort, optimizing room usage, and helping first responders. More details about this new project can be found in this College of Engineering article.

Other recent projects have focused on the development of next-generation user authentication methods based on gestures of the hand, arm or even whole body. 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. More details about the motivation for this work can be found in a BU Today article and video. For research results, please see Projects/HCIs page (BodyLogin, HandLogin, DeepLogin).