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Graphics and Image Analysis Research
These groups conduct a variety of research related to graphics and image analysis. For information on specific projects, visit the links below.

Computational Geometry Group
Group working on various computational geometry-related problems. Current projects include: Geometric Basis for Visualizing Time-Varying Volume Data, Geometry for Molecular Biology, Pseudo Triangulations, Gzstream Library, GIS. (Snoeyink, et al.)

Effective Virtual Environments Project
Development of technologies and techniques to make virtual environment systems more effective for doing real work. Current projects include: Advanced Real-Time Rendering, Avatar Reconstruction (ARISE), Passive Haptics, Redirected Walking, etc. (Brooks, Whitton)

Geometric Algorithms for Modeling, Motion, and Animation Group (GAMMA)
Design and implementation of algebraic, geometric, and numeric algorithms and their applications to solid modeling, computer graphics, robotics, virtual environments, manufacturing and physically based modeling. Current areas include: Animation, Collision Detection, Haptics, Motion Planning, Solid Modeling, etc. (Lin, Manocha)

High-Performance Graphics Architectures Group
Long-term project developing computer architectures for 3D graphics that offer dramatically higher performance than other currently available systems, with wide flexibility for a broad range of applications that require significant graphics power, including medical visualization, molecular modeling, and architectural design. Current and recent projects include: Pixel-Planes, PixelFlow, Image-Based Rendering, etc. (Bishop, England, Eyles, Fuchs, Keller, Lastra, Molnar, Poulton, Thomas, Vicci, et al.)

Medical Image Display and Analysis Group (MIDAG)
Multidisciplinary research into improving the understanding of disease and the quality of diagnosis and treatment doctors can provide for their patients via computers and medical images. Medical image analysis and display research is carried out by a multitude of collaborating teams, which together form MIDAG, the UNC Medical Image Display and Analysis Group. The project leaders with appointments in Computer Science are Ron Alterovitz, Stephen Aylward, Elizabeth Bullitt, Bradley Davis, Mark Foskey, Henry Fuchs, Guido Gerig, Stephen Marron, Marc Niethammer, Ipek Oguz, Stephen Pizer, Julian Rosenman, Dinggang Shen, Martin Styner, and Russell Taylor. In addition, there is close collaboration with faculty and graduate students from a variety of departments: in the sciences: Biomedical Engineering, Biostatistics, Mathematics, Psychology, Statistics and Operations Research, Physics, and in the clinical departments: Cell and Developmental Biology, Dermatology, Neurology, Orthodontics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Toxicology.

Computer Integrated Systems for Microscopy and Manipulation (CISMM) Group
An interdisciplinary collaborative effort to develop instruments and interfaces that enable scientists to both see and interact with the world on the nano scale. This includes visualization systems that intuitively map the additional sensing made available by microscopes into the human senses, and control systems that allow human interaction with the nanoscale world. The nanoManipulator and 3D Force Microscope are two such systems developed by our group. (Bishop, Brooks, Pizer, Superfine, Taylor, Thomas, Vicci, Washburn, Welch, et al.)

Office of the Future Group
Research aimed at developing a better everyday working environment. A central theme is the use of computer vision and computer graphics systems in a unified fashion to achieve high-resolution imagery throughout the office and real-time 3D tele-presence with remote collaborators. Current projects include: 2D and 3D Tele-Immersion, "Being There," PixelFlex, Office Tracker, and Immersive Electronic Books. (Fuchs, Towles, Welch, et al.)

Tracker Project
Research into building accurate, long-range head-tracking systems for head-mounted displays that work accurately and efficiently in real time. Current projects include: Tracking for Augmented Reality Research, Wide-Area Tracking. (Bishop, Fuchs, Keller, Vicci, Welch)

Ultrasound/Medical Augmented Reality Group
Group working to develop and operate a system that allows a physician to see directly inside a patient, using augmented reality (combining computer graphics with images of the real world). (Fuchs, State, et al.)

Walkthrough Group
Research into creating interactive computer graphics systems that enable a viewer to experience an architectural model by simulating a walk through of the model. Current areas include: Collision Detection, Curved Surface Rendering, Massive Model Rendering, Real-Time Realistic Rendering, Texture and Image-Based Techniques, and Visibility Culling. (Brooks, Lastra, Manocha)

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