The Center for Automation Research (CfAR) at the University of Maryland is a
leader in research and education involving computer vision, computer
visualization, perceptual interfaces, and language and media processing.
Launched in 1964 by noted computer scientist Azriel Rosenfeld, the center
continues to advance groundbreaking discoveries in facial and gait recognition,
spatial audio analysis, visualization of health care data, autonomy in
robotics, document and media analysis, and more.
The four laboratories associated with CfAR are:
- the COMPUTER VISION LABORATORY, where faculty researchers
cover a broad range of topics that include multi-perspective vision, and
real-time volume reconstruction;
- the GRAPHICS AND VISUAL INFORMATICS LABORATORY, where
experts explore topics like protein folding and rational drug design, virtual
and augmented reality, navigation and interaction with mechanical CAD datasets,
and ubiquitous access to distributed three-dimensional graphics datasets;
- the LANGUAGE AND MEDIA PROCESSING LABORATORY, where
researchers are developing the latest tools and techniques to better access
large heterogeneous databases of multimedia information objects.
- and the PERCEPTUAL INTERFACES AND REALITY LABORATORY,
where experts use a combination of approaches—including computational physics,
real-time computing, and psychophysics—to explore audio and computational
acoustics and develop perceptual user interfaces for computers and other
devices based on voice, sounds, gestures and touch.