Australian Centre for Visual Technologies Blog

ACVT wins content-based image search CTD
August 18, 2010, 6:10 pm
Filed under: ACVT, news, research

The ACVT has been successful in attracting a Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program award from the Federal Government and DSTO.

The award supports the development of a technology demonstrator based on ACVT’s existing capabilities in in content-based image retrieval.  Content-based image retrieval allows large image databases to be searched on the basis of the images themselves.   It means that you can use images to search for images.  If you have a picture of what you’re looking for, you can retrieve all of the similar images out of the database.

The effect of the capability is that it allows a small number of people to search a vast database of images for the content they are interested.  The alternative is really just that they look at random images hoping to find something.

There’s a story about it in the Australian.


Punchcard wins at Tech23
July 20, 2010, 11:09 am
Filed under: commercialisation, news

Punchard, the company commercialising Videotrace, has been selected as one of the 23 ICT companies to participate in this year’s Tech23 event.

Tech23 is run by Slattery IT, and offers 23 of Australia’s most innovative companies a five-minute time-slot to show off their business model to an audience of 400+ potential investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and customers.

Videotrace wins iAward
July 9, 2010, 3:06 pm
Filed under: commercialisation, news

Videotrace and Punchcard, the company commercialising it won the Research and Development category of this year’s South Australian iAwards.  

iAwards Winner Logo

The iAwards are Australia’s premier technology innovation awards program.  The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has hosted the awards for 16 years, with this year’s awards sponsored by Fujitsu, KPMG, IBM, and Microsoft, amongst others.

July 9, 2010, 2:39 pm
Filed under: news

Prof van den Hengel from ACVT gave the keynote talk at the International Symposium on Ubiquitous Virtual  Reality in Gwanjgu, South Korea on July 8, 2010.

The talk made the case for image-based modelling as the missing ingredient in Augmented Reality, as it enables 3D user-created content which is critical if AR is going to take off as a practical, let alone ubiquitous, technology.

The slides:

We’ve moved
June 30, 2010, 5:07 pm
Filed under: news

We’ve moved from our old location in the Plaza Building to our own space on Level 5 of the Innova 21 building, still on the North Terrace Campus of the University of Adelaide.

The green arrow shows the location, between Union Hall and Engineering North:

If you’re having trouble finding it call Reception on 8303 5586 (or from outside South Australia +61 8 8303 5586 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +61 8 8303 5586      end_of_the_skype_highlighting)

Post-doc position available
June 17, 2010, 3:06 pm
Filed under: Opennings

The ACVT has the following position available:

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Search in large image sets

Australian Centre for Visual Technologies
University of Adelaide, Australia

Duration: 2 years

The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT) is one of the largest computer vision and image analysis research groups in Australia, with expertise in image based modelling, video search and video surveillance. Based in Adelaide, we currently number over 30 members including academics, research staff and students, working on a mixture of “blue sky” and commercially oriented research projects.

The applicant will work as part of a research team focussing on image search and classification within large image databases.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant discipline with a background in computer vision and image search.  Experience in C++ and Python is and advantage. Written and oral English communication skills are essential.

The ACVT provides many opportunities for collaboration within the Centre, with visitors and with international partners. The primary output of the project will be high-quality research and publications, but the practicality and usability of the results are also a consideration.

Salary: University Level B (AU$73,228 – 86,960 depending on qualifications), plus benefits. Funding for relocation and conference travel is available.

Please email any queries or applications, including CV and publications, to:

Ms Kathy Cooper
Post: School of Computer Science,
University of Adelaide,
North Terrace,
South Australia 5005,

Applications received by Friday, 21 August 2010 will be considered immediately, but later applications will also be accepted.

PhD Scholarships Available
June 17, 2010, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Opennings

Scholarships are available for outstanding Australian and International candidates to pursue a PhD at the University of Adelaide within the ACVT.

Students must have completed an Honours or Masters degree (or equivalent) with a research project component, with good grades, from a high-quality institution.

Applications should be submitted through the University of Adelaide Student Centre.  The various scholarships and application processes for various types of student are described here, but note that applicants who are unsuccessful in their application for those listed will be considered for funding directly through the ACVT.