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) while maintaining occupant comfort, optimizing space management, and helping first responders in emergency scenarios. A high-level description of project’s objectives can be found in this College of Engineering article, while project’s progress can be monitored at Projects/VSNs/COSSY.

Other projects in the past 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).