The Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre (ADSIP) is unique in research and development of innovative signal and image processing, 3D/4D computer vision, radiation effects and instrumentation, as well as interactive and immersive digital environments through cross-fertilisation of ideas, exchange of results, and integration of approaches among multiple academic disciplines and application sectors. Funded extensively by a diverse range of grant bodies and industry, ADSIP has led and collaborated with top research centres and world leading companies in a wide range of cutting edge research projects for various sectors such as aerospace, environment, manufacturing, medical, nuclear and submarine.
In industrial non-destructive evaluation, ADSIP collaborates with world leading aerospace companies and has developed a rich body of signal and image processing technologies for comprehensive, fast, and reliable inspection for advanced, complex shaped and large aerostructures based on various measurement modalities such as acoustography, acousto-ultrasound, radiography, shearography, thermography and ultrasound including phased-array ultrasound and laser ultrasound.
In medical non-invasive diagnosis, ADSIP leads a large European network on Engineering and Computational Science for Oncology; has pioneered acoustic emission and dynamic 3D facial scan as new paradigms for clinical assessment of knees based on joint movement and facial dysfunctions linked to stroke; and has developed a plethora of algorithms and software tools for improved planning and monitoring of cancer radiation therapy.
In radiation effects and instrumentation, ADSIP is the only UK partner of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory on high resolution coronal imaging for solar observations. With access to top neutron test facilities in the world (Los Alamos, TRIUMF, TSL), ADSIP collaborates closely with world leading aerospace companies on managing cosmic radiation on avionics, and with STFC on development of the world-leading Chipir beamline at ISIS.
In interactive and immersive digital environment, there is a wide range of research activities in this area from European wide collaboration on hyperspectral remote imaging of environment and regional collaboration on civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles to various unique cross-disciplinary collaborations such as with sign linguists on dynamic hand gesture recognition for direct sign writing for the deaf community, with psychologists on development of one of the most comprehensive 3D dynamic facial articulation database, and with sport scientists on development of the world’s first interactive and immersive two player table tennis game.
Industrial non-destructive evaluation
The research expertise in this area covers a full spectrum of signal and image processing technologies to achieve automatic diagnosis and prognosis of aerospace and submarine structures based on multiple measurement modalities. Examples include:
Medical non-invasive diagnosis
Both applied and blue-sky research are conducted in this field with the main research subject areas including:
Radiation effects and instrumentation
Working closely with top space agency and best neutron test facilities in the world, the research in this area encompasses:
In this area of research, a strong focus is being placed on development and utilisation of various multi-camera systems and innovative 3D/4D technologies for real-time tracking of multiple objects in complex environments and for automatic retrieval of 3D information from static and dynamic scenes, as well as their applications in robotics.
Interactive and immersive digital environment
Much of the research in this area is conducted through cross-disciplinary collaboration. A particular research focus is on development of ultra-realistic digital environments with full bio-feedback to allow real-time immersive visualisation and physical interaction based on body movements, facial expressions and hand gestures.
Particularly significant impacts are:
This is a list of the Applied Digital Signal and Image Processing Research Centre's most recent publications. View a complete list of publications from the Centre.
Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2013) Fast prediction algorithm for multiview video coding. Optical Engineering, 52 (3), 037401.
Alexander CE, Walsh RW, Régnier S, Cirtain J, Winebarger AR, Golub L, Kobayashi K, Platt S, Mitchell N, Korreck K, DePontieu B, DeForest C, Weber M, Title A and Kuzin S (2013) Anti-parallel EUV flows observed along active region filament threads with Hi-C. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 775 (1), pp L32.
Alvarez L, Gomez L, Henriquez P and Sánchez J (2013) Real-time camera motion tracking in planar view scenarios. Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, DOI: 10.1007/s11554-013-0360-3.
Histace A, Meziou L, Matuszewski BJ, Precioso F, Murphy MF and Carreiras F (2013) Statistical region based active contour using a fractional entropy descriptor: Application to nuclei cell segmentation in confocal microscopy images. Annals of the BMVA, 2013 (5), pp 1-15.
Kirişli HA, Schaap M, Metz CT, Dharampal AS, Meijboom WB, Papadopoulou SL, Dedic A, Nieman K, de Graaf MA, Meijs MFL, Cramer MJ, Broersen A, Cetin S, Eslami A, Flórez-Valencia L, Lor KL, Matuszewski BJ, Melki I, Mohr B, Ӧksϋz I, Shahzad R, Wang C, Kitslaar PH, Unal G, Katouzian A, Orkisz M, Chen CM, Precioso F, Najman L, Masood S, Űnay D, van Vliet L, Moreno R, Goldenberg R, Vuçini E, Krestin GP, Niessen WJ and van Walsum T (2013) Standardized evaluation framework for evaluating coronary artery stenosis detection, stenosis quantification and lumen segmentation algorithms in Computed Tomography Aniography. Medical Image Analysis, 17 (8), pp 859-876.
Papiez B, Matuszewski BJ, Shark L-K and Quan W (2013) Facial expression recognition using diffeomorphic image registration framework. Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, 30 pp 179-194.
Platt SP, Hong Q, Mein SJ and Zhang LH (2013) Neutron and gamma fields at neutron spallation sources for single-event-effects testing. In: 14th European Conference on Radiation and Its Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS), 23-27 September 2013, Oxford, UK.
Quan W and Frowd C (2013) 3-D face analysis and identification based on statistical shape modelling. In: International Conference on Imaging for Crime Detection and Prevention (ICDP-13), 16-17 December 2013, London, UK.
Tao L and Matuszewski BJ (2013) 3D deformable shape reconstruction with diffusion maps. In: British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC 2013), 9-13 September 2013, Bristol, UK.
Tao L and Matuszewski BJ (2013) Deformable shape reconstruction from monocular video with manifold forests. In: 15th International Conference on Computer Analysis of images and Patterns, (CAIP 2013), 27-29 August 2013, York, UK.
Tao L and Matuszewski BJ (2013) Manifold learning techniques in 3D deformable shape reconstruction. In: BMVA Technical Meeting: Reconstructing a Dynamic World, 10 July 2013, London, UK.
Tao L and Matuszewski BJ (2013) Non-rigid structure from motion with diffusion maps prior. In: IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR’2013), 23-28 June 2013, Portland, USA.
Tao L, Mein SJ, Quan W and Matuszewski BJ (2013) Recursive non-rigid structure from motion with online learned shape prior. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, 117 (10), pp 1287-1298.
Zhang GY, Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2013) Inter-view reference frame selection in multi-view video coding. In: IEEE Data Compression Conference (DCC), 20-22 March 2013, Snowbird, USA.
Zhang Y, Matuszewski BJ, Precioso F and Histace A (2013) Statistical model of shape moments with active contour evolution for shape detection and segmentation. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 47 (1-2), pp 35-47.
Zhou Y, Magee D, Treanor D and Bulpitt A (2013) Stain guided mean-shift filtering in histopathology image analysis. Journal of Pathological Informatics, 4 (2), pp 1-7.
Zhou Y and Song Z (2013) Binary decision tree for melanoma diagnosis. In: 11th International Workshop on Multiple Classifier Systems, 15-17 May 2013, Nanjing, China.
Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2012) Fast adaptive hierarchical prediction algorithm for H.264/AVC scalable video coding. IPSJ Transactions on Computer Vision and Applications, 4 (2012), pp 12-19.
Alvarez L, Baumela L, Márquez-Neila P and Henríquez P (2012) A real time morphological snakes algorithm. IPOL Journal Image Processing On Line, http://dx.doi.org/10.5201/ipol.2012.abmh-rtmsa.
Alvarez L and Henriquez P (2012) Zoom dependent lens distortion mathematical models. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 44 (3), pp 480-490.
Alvarez L, Gomez L, Henriquez P and Mazorra L (2012) Automatic camera pose recognition in planar view scenarios. In: 17th Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition (CIARP 2012), 3-6 September 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Alvarez L, Henriquez P and Mazorra L (2012) Mathematical models for the calibration of cameras mounted on tripod using primitive tracking. In: 9th International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR 2012), 25-27 June 2012, Aveiro, Portugal.
Duval M, Ouzeau E, Precioso F and Matuszewski BJ (2012) Coronary artery stenoses detection with random forest. In: 15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI’2012), Coronary artery stenosis detection & Quantification Challenge, 1-5 October 2012, Nice, France.
Lightbody CE, McLoughlin A, Matuszewski BJ, Quan W, Emsley HCA, Leathley MJ, Shark L-K, Sutton C and Watkins CL (2012) A study to assess the feasibility of a 3D dynamic imaging system in quantifying facial dysfunction. In: NIMAST/UKSF Northern Ireland Stroke Conference, 2 May 2012, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Lu G, Shark L-K, Hall G and Zeshan U (2012) Immersive manipulation of virtual objects through glove based hand gesture interaction. Springer Journal of Virtual Reality, 16 (3), pp 243-252.
Ma S, Varley MR, Richards J and Shark L-K (2012) Overcoming the information overload problem in a multiform feedback-based virtual reality system for hand motion rehabilitation: healthy subject case study. Springer Journal of Virtual Reality, 16 (4), pp 325-334.
Marchant TE, Skalski A, Matuszewski BJ (2012) Automatic tracking of implanted fiducial markers in cone beam CT projection images. Medical Physics, 39 (3), pp 1322-1334.
Matuszewski BJ, Quan W, Shark L-K, McLoughlin A, Lightbody CE, Emsley HCA and Watkins CL (2012) Hi4D-ADSIP 3-D dynamic facial articulation database. Image and Vision Computing, 30 (10), pp 713-727.
Meziou L, Histace A, Precioso F, Matuszewski BJ and Carreiras F (2012) 3D confocal microscopy analysis using level-set segmentation with alpha divergence similarity measure. In: International Conference on Computer Vision and Applications (VISAPP 2012), 24-26 February 2012, Rome, Italy.
Meziou L, Histace A, Precioso F, Matuszewski BJ and Carreiras F (2012) Fractional entropic active contour segmentation of cell nuclei in actin-tagged confocal microscopy images. In: 16th Conference on Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA’2012), 9-11 July 2012, Swansea, UK. (Best student paper award)
Papiez BW and Matuszewski BJ (2012) Symmetric image registration with directly calculated inverse deformation field. Annals of the BMVA, 2012 (6), pp 1-14. (Invited paper)
Papiez BW, Matuszewski BJ, Shark L-K and Moore C (2012) An implicit inter-subject shape driven image deformation model for prostate motion estimation. In: 15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI’2012): Workshop on Computational and Clinical Applications in Abdominal Imaging (CCAAI 2012), 1-5 October 2012, Nice, France.
Papiez B, Matuszewski BJ, Shark Li-K and Quan W (2012) Facial expression recognition using Log-Euclidean statistical shape models. In: International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM), 6-8 February 2012, Vilamoura, Portugal.
Quan W, Matuszewski BJ and Shark L-K (2012) Facial asymmetry analysis based on 3-D dynamic scans. In: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC 2012), 14-17 October 2012, Seoul, Korea.
Smith JP and Shark L-K (2012) Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Composite Aerospace Structures. Book Chapter in Wiley Encyclopaedia of Composites, Second Edition, Edited by Nicolais L and Borzacchiello A, Vol.3, pp 1975-2015, Wiley.
Tao L, Matuszewski BJ and Mein SJ (2012) Non-rigid structure from motion with incremental shape prior. In: 19th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP’2012), 30 September - 3 October 2012, Orlando, USA.
Wang Y, Fan Y, Liao W, Li K, Shark L-K and Varley MR (2012) Hand vein recognition based on multiple keypoints sets. In: 5th IAPR International Conference on Biometrics (ICB 2012), March 29 - April 1 2012, New Delhi, India.
Zhou Y, Magee D, Treanor D and Bulpitt A (2012) High-throughput automatic detection of tissue and nuclei. Medical Engineering Initiative Annual Networking Event, 4-5 September 2012, Oxford, UK.
Zhou Y, Magee D, Treanor D and Bulpitt A (2012) Stain guided mean-shift filtering in automatic detection of human tissue nuclei. In: 15th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention, 1-5 October 2012, Nice, France.
Zhou Y, Smith ML, Smith L and Warr R (2012) Combinatorial photometric stereo and its application in 3D modeling of melanoma. Machine Vision and Applications, 23 (5), pp 1029-1045.
Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2011) Fast mode decision for the H.264∕AVC video coding standard based on frequency domain motion estimation. Optical Engineering, 50 (7), 070501.
Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR, Grecos C and Ait-Boudaoud D (2011) Phase correlation based adaptive mode decision for the H.264/AVC. In: Real-Time Image and Video Processing 2011, 24-25 January 2011, San Francisco, USA.
Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR, Grecos C and Ait-Boudaoud D (2011) Fast multi-layered prediction algorithm for group of pictures in H.264/SVC. In: Real-Time Image and Video Processing 2011, 24-25 January 2011, San Francisco, USA.
Abdelazim A, Zhang GY, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2011) Fast motion prediction algorithm for multi-view video coding. In: Conference on Visual Information Processing XX, 26-27 April 2011, Orlando, USA.
Alvarez L, Gomez L, Henriquez P and Mazorra L (2011) A variational approach to camera motion smoothing. Differential Equations and Applications, 4, pp 555-564.
Alvarez L, Henriquez P and Sánchez J (2011) CART application to image primitive tracking. In: 14th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA'11), 7-11 November 2011, La Laguna, Spain.
Cai XX and Platt SP (2011) Modeling neutron interactions and charge collection in the imaging single-event effects monitor. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 58 (3), pp 910 -915.
Cai XX, Platt SP and Monk SD (2011) Design of a detector for characterizing neutron fields for single-event effects testing. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 58 (3), pp 1123 -1128.
Dunne PJ and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Choice of similarity measure, likelihood function and parameters for histogram based particle filter tracking in CCTV grey scale video. Image and Vision Computing, 29 (2-3), pp 178-189.
Dunne PJ and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Histogram-based detection of moving objects for tracker initialization in surveillance video. International Journal of Grid and Distributed Computing, 4 (3), pp 71-78.
Emsley HCA, Lightbody CE, Matuszewski BJ, Sivaramalingam M and Watkins CL (2011) A New Way of Looking at the Face. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 72 (12), pp 666-667.
Histace A, Portefaix C and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Comparison of different grid of tags detection methods in tagged cardiac MR imaging. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 6 (2), pp 153-161.
Johnston G, Burton DR, Lilley F, Doyle A, Murphy MF, Madden G, Gdeisat AA, Moore CJ, Marchant TE and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Analysis of microscopy reconstructive images for applications in medicine and biology. In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2011), 11-14 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium.
Kurekin A, Radford D, Lever K, Marshall D and Shark L-K (2011) A new method for generating site-specific clutter map for land based radar by using multimodal remote sensing images and digital terrain data. IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, 5 (3), pp 374-388.
Niese R, Al-Hamadi A, Heuer M, Michaelis B and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Machine vision based recognition of emotions using the circumplex model of affect. In: IEEE International Conference on Multimedia Technology (ICMT2011), 26-28 July 2011, Hanzhou, China.
Marchant TE, Price GJ, Matuszewski BJ and Moore CJ (2011) Reduction of motion artefacts in on-board cone beam CT by warping of projection images. British Journal of Radiology, 84 (999), pp 251-164.
Matuszewski BJ, Murphy MF, Burton DR, Marchant TE, Moore CJ, Histace A and Precioso F (2011) Segmentation of cellular structures in actin tagged fluorescence confocal microscopy images, In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2011), 11-14 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium.
Matuszewski BJ, Quan W and Shark L-K (2011) Facial Expression Recognition. Book chapter in: Biometrics - Unique and Diverse Applications in Nature, Science, and Technology, Edited by Albert M, pp 57-88, INTECH.
Matuszewski BJ, Quan W and Shark L-K (2011) High-resolution comprehensive 3-D dynamic database for facial articulation analysis. In: 13th International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV 2011) Workshop on Benchmarking Facial Image Analysis Technologies, 6-13 November 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
McLoughlin A, Lightbody CE, Matuszewski BJ, Quan W, Emsley H, Leathley MJ, Sutton C and Watkins CL (2011) A study to assess the feasibility of 3D Dynamic Imaging in quantifying facial dysfunction. In: North West Stroke Research Network World Stroke Day Event: Advancing Stroke Care through Research, 28 October 2011, Wigan, UK.
Meziou L, Histace A, Precioso F and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Alpha-divergences pour la segmentation par contours actifs basée histogramme: application à la segmentation d'images cellulaires en microscopie confocale tridimensionnelle. In: GRETSI Symposium on Signal and Image Processing, 5-8 September 2011, Bordeaux, France.
Meziou L, Histace A, Precioso F and Matuszewski BJ (2011) MRI segmentation using histogram based active contour method: application to prostate MR image analysis. In: Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery (CARS 2011), 22-25 June 2011, Berlin, Germany.
Meziou L, Histace A, Precioso F, Matuszewski BJ and Murphy M (2011) Confocal microscopy segmentation using active contour based on Alpha(a)-divergence. In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2011), 11-14 September 2011, Brussels, Belgium.
Quan W, Matuszewski BJ, Shark L-K and Frowd C (2011) Methodology and performance analysis of 3-D facial expression recognition using statistical shape representation. International Journal of Grid and Distributed Computing, 4 (3), pp 79-88.
Papiez B and Matuszewski BJ (2011) Direct inverse deformation field approach to pelvic-area symmetric image registration. In: 15th Conference on Medical Image Understanding and Analysis (MIUA’2011), 14-15 July 2011, London, UK.
Shark L-K, Chen H and Goodacre J (2011) Knee acoustic emission: a potential biomarker for quantitative assessment of joint ageing and degeneration. Medical Engineering & Physics, 33 (5), pp 534–545.
Tao L, Matuszewski BJ and Mein SJ (2011) Model Constraints for Non-Rigid Structure from Motion. In: 3rd BMVC Postgraduate Workshop, 15th August 2011, Dundee. (Best paper award)
Wang Y, Li K, Shark L-K and Varley MR (2011) Hand-dorsa vein recognition based on coded and weighted partition local binary patterns. In: International Conference on Hand-based Biometrics (ICHB 2011), 17-18 November 2011, Hong Kong.
Yap MH, Rajoub BA, Ugail H and Zwiggelaar R (2011) Visual cues of facial behaviour in deception detection. In: IEEE International Conference on Computer Applications and Industrial Electronics (ICCAIE), 4-7 December 2011, Penang, Malaysia.
Zhang GY, Abdelazim A, Mein SJ, Varley MR and Ait-Boudaoud D (2011) A simplified rate control algorithm for H.264/SVC. In: Visual Information Processing XX, 26-27 April 2011, Orlando, USA.
Zhang LH and Platt SP (2011) Minimally invasive neutron beam monitoring for single-event effects accelerated testing. In: 12th European Conference on Radiation and Its Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS), 19-23 September 2011, Sevilla, Spain.
Zhang Y, Matuszewski BJ, Precioso F and Histace A (2011) Statistical shape model of Legendre moments with active contour evolution for shape detection and segmentation. In: 14th International Conference on Computer Analysis of Images and Patterns (CAIP 2011), 29-31 August 2011, Seville, Spain.
Zhou Y, Smith M, Smith L, Farooq A and Warr R (2011) Enhanced 3D curvature pattern and melanoma diagnosis. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 35 (2), pp 155-165.
Working closely with this group is the Computer Vision and Machine Learning (CVML) Research Group from the School of Engineering. Colleagues participated and came first in two competitions organised as part of the Endoscopic Vision Challenge “EndoVis” in September 2017 in Canada. Read more here.
Head of Centre
Professor Lik-Kwan Shark
Dr Bashar Alrjoub
Dr Darren Ansell
Dr Pedro H. Castellano
Dr Xiao Yin Guan
Dr Geoff Hall
Dr Fraser Hatfield
Professor Bogdan Matuszewski
Dr Stephen Mein
Dr Wei Quan
Professor Trevor Terrell (Emeritus Professor)
Dr Martin Varley
Honorary Research Fellows
Professor Wenbo Mei (Beijing Institute of Technology)
Dr Mike Pywell (BAE Systems)
Dr Peter Dunne (AD Group)
ADSIP Research Centre
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