Welcome to Vision Lab - University of Antwerp

iMinds - Vision Lab

The Vision Lab is a research lab of the Department of Physics of the University of Antwerp. Vision Lab's main research area is the development of novel image reconstruction, processing and analysis methods, which are applied in the domain of Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Shape modelling, and Remote Sensing. Since its foundation in 1992, about 20 PhD's have been defended and 7 spin-off companies have been founded. Latest spin-off: IcoMetrix.

Tomography

Tomography is an imaging technique in which a 3D image of an object or patient is reconstructed from a series of 2D projection images. At the Vision Lab, novel reconstruction methods for tomography are developed and applied on all scales and imaging modalities, ranging from electron microsocopy, preclinical research, and medical research to industrial CT.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used to visualize detailed internal structures. In the Vision Lab, the processing and analysis of anatomical, functional and diffusion-weighted MRI data is being studied. Topics of research include the development of techniques for image denoising, image reconstruction, statistical data modeling, parameter estimation, higher order diffusion modeling and fiber tractography.

Shape Modeling

Shape Modeling targets the description of the shape variation present in a population of scans with so called 'statistical shape models'. A major challenge in building shape models is finding correspondences between the scans. At the Vision Lab, correspondence methods based on surface parameterization and surface registration are researched. Next to the fundamental research, Vision Lab also focuses on applying shape models for improving fit and function of products that are worn close to or in the human body..

Remote Sensing

Remote Sensing is the research area in which earth's surface is studied, usually using the reflectance spectrum of the sun. Vision Lab has built expertise in the processing and analysis of multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing images. Topics of research include the development of techniques for image denoising, restoration, fusion, segmentation, classification and spectral unmixing. Main application domains are vegetation monitoring for which we collaborate with the Teleprocessing group of VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research).

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News

Gabriel Ramos-Llordén and Ben Jeurissen received a Magna and Summa Cum Laude Merit Award, respectively, for their research to be presented at the upcoming ISMRM meeting. The 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine will take place from 30 May to 5 June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will attract over 5000 attendees.

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CADANS Seminar 2015

On June 2, 2015,the research groups Product Development and iMinds-Vision Lab of the University of Antwerp organise the first CADANS seminar. The main topic of the seminar is the use of advanced digital technologies for the improvement and customization of wearable products.

The design of products that closely interact with the human body, such as furniture, clothing, orthotics, and protective gear, requires a thorough understanding of the variation in human anatomy. Anthropometry – measurement of man – is an important tool in the design process to ensure safe, comfortable, and functional products. Emerging technologies to digitally capture human body data, e.g. via 3D scanning, offer far richer data compared to the traditional tape measure and open up opportunities in adding unique value through comfort improvement or personalisation. The application of these new technologies is, however, still perceived as challenging. This seminar provides an in-depth look in state-of-the-art 3D anthropometry in industry and academics with real-world cases. All SMEs, large companies, and academic researchers are cordially invited to join us in making this an inspiring one-day seminar.

The morning session focuses on industrial applications and the afternoon session focuses on recent advancements in related scientific research.

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