Visual Computing

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Visualization & Visual Computing

In an era of data deluge the fields of visualization and visual computing provide us with a selection of tools and technologies that can be deployed to support a wide range of interdisciplinary research.

Oxford e-Research Centre is an international leader in several areas of visualization, including theory of visualization, video visualization, and knowledge-assisted visualization. These skills have enabled us to lead a selection of projects across a range of different disciplines, a selection of which can be seen below.

Abstract or summary visual representations of video material can quickly reveal key details. Typically more compact than the originals, these visualizations can assist in intelligent analysis without the burden of studying complete videos.

The Centre hosts several open-source visualization systems and services, namely Poem Viewer, Complexity Plots and Community Resources.

If you would like to find out more about visual computing at Oxford or are interested in collaborating with us, please get in touch.

What is Visualization?

In the era of data deluge, the field of visualization provides a ubiquitous technology that can be deployed to support a wide range of interdisciplinary research.

Visualization is the study of the transformation of data to visual representations in order to facilitate effective and efficient cognitive processes in gaining insight from the data it contains. It includes three major sub-areas, namely scientific visualization, information visualization and visual analytics. 

Visualization is one of the core research capability of the e-Research Centre, which has developed advanced visualization techniques for a variety of applications, ranging from biology to poetry, from energy to seismology, and from sports to security. In particular, the Centre is an international leader in several areas of visualization, including theory of visualization, video visualization, and knowledge-assisted visualization.

What is Visual Computing?

Visual Computing is scientific discipline that encompasses a number of traditional subject areas in computer science, including visualization, computer graphics and animation, computer vision, image and video processing, computer aided design, virtual environments, multimedia interaction and communications, and graphical user interface design.

The aim of visual computing is to build and expand on the scientific foundations of visual information processing and display, advance the technologies for computation involving visual information, and develop a broad range of applications in science, engineering, arts and humanities, medicine and industry.

Current Projects

Exploring 18th Century commonplacing - the extraction and organisation of quotations and other passages for later recall and reuse - using sequence alignment algorithms and large-scale visual analytics.
Our excellence in Visual Analytics - the de facto standard process for integrating data analysis, visualization and interaction, to better understand complex systems - is internationally recognized

Past Projects

Oxford e-Research Centre is an internationally-recognized centre of excellence in the area of video visualization - the creation of new visual representations from video to reveal important information.
Video Visualization extracts meaningful information from a video data set and conveys the extracted information to users in appropriate visual representations
Exploring how Poem Viewer, a web-based tool for visualizing poems in support of close reading, can provide literary, humanities and social science scholars with the freedom to explore poetry and other texts in ways traditional scholarship and other text analysis software cannot.
Helping experts in the reading and interpreting of ancient documents and damaged texts, using computing technologies
Developing bio-image analysis and processing solutions for the University of Oxford, across physics, biochemistry, biology, engineering &computer science.