Computer Vision & Data Science

Professorship of Applied Sciences

Computer vision revolves around the visual perception of the world through the use of image processing algorithms. Typically, the goal is to automatically analyze properties of objects in a wide variety of contexts. This enabling technology has many applications: disease and insect classification in agriculture, bacterial colony counting in water samples, optically measuring blood flow during surgery, recognizing polymer types using hyper-spectral camera technology, detecting anomalies in x-ray images, analyzing  behavior of traffic to improve safety, which are just a few examples of the exciting applications the professorship Computer Vision & Data Science (CV&DS) worked on.  

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) show that learning from data achieves groundbreaking results on almost all applications, particularly in notoriously difficult fields like computer vision, natural language processing and audio processing. The main ingredients needed for the successful application of AI are models, data, human resources and a lot of computing power. 

Research assignment 

The professorship CV&DS is at the forefront of applied research in its field. With over two decades of experience in helping companies integrate image processing and AI into their organizations, we continue to follow our main mission:

“To share and broaden the collective knowledge on Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision through cutting-edge applied research by solving real-life challenges in a team of students, teacher-researchers and companies.” 

Research focus

A strong trend in computer science that extends to the field of artificial intelligence is Moore’s law, which states that the number of transistors in a microchip doubles every two years. From this it can be inferred that the cost for computing power decreases and, because current AI advancements rely heavily on the available processing power this causes AI to rapidly advance with it.  

Since the inception of computing, this trend has caused a shift in how we approach practical problems. Where in the past, technical solutions were sought in logically defining solutions by programming and rule-based systems, nowadays, the problems are described in the form of annotated data and exemplar images or written natural language from which the AI system learns or on which the AI acts. 

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Innovative education 

The professorship Computer Vision & Data Science implements the Design Based Education (DBE) educational concept. Students, teacher-researchers and companies work together on real-life projects in a complex and international context. This creates an inspiring environment which promotes intrinsic motivation and thereby achieves added value for all stakeholders. The roles are tuned to optimize learning for everyone, while at the same time be goal-oriented so that the outcome of a project is of real value. 

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Cutting-edge projects

A few example projects showcase the activities of the professorship. They are closely chosen to showcase the research focus and the research lines.

I’M A.I.
AI for everyone 

IMage Processing and Artificial Intelligence (IMAI) is the new organizational umbrella for bringing AI technology and AI applications together. It is built from the strong and established base of computer vision & data science. In IMAI the four main components contribute to the ambition of making AI available to everyone: Research Community, Leaning Community, Business Community and IMAI Store. 

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NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences 
Academy Technology & Innovation  
Professorship Computer Vision & Data Science 


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