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Visual Information Processing Lab, Center for Artificial Intelligence Research

A. Research Areas

1. Sensor-Based Intelligent Mobile Robot
2. Knowledge-Based Computer Vision
3. CAD-Based Computer Vision
4. Neural Network-Based Computer Vision
5. Character Recognition and Document Understanding
6. Computer Graphics

B. Current Projects

1. Development of intelligent mobile robot
2. Knowledge-based image understanding system for 3D scene interpretation
3. CAD-based 3D object representation and recognition

C. Facilities (PIPE 1/300 Image Processing Super Computer, Mobile robot, SUN workstations, IBM PC 386, CCD

video cameras, 400-dpi image scanner, X-terminals, VGA monitors, 21-inch high resolution color monitor)

D. Researchers - Prof. Hiyun S. Yang, 2 KAIST faculty, 7 other university faculty, 12 graduate students

Image & Communication Lab

A Research Areas

1. Image Coding and Transmission
2. Color Image Processing
3. Image Understanding and Applications
4. Dynamic Scene Analysis
5. Channel Coding and Wideband Systems
6. Character Recognition
7. Hierarchical Coding
8. 3D Image Processing
9. Texture Image Processing
10. Shape Recognition Algorithms

B. Facilities (Micro-VAX 11, SUN workstation, Gould IP8400 and Real-time video disk, KAIST vision system, color

camera for TV broadcasting)

C. Researchers - Prof. Jae Kyoon Kim, Prof. Seong Dae Kim, -30 graduate students


A. Research Areas

1. Image Processing Algorithm Developments for Parallel Processing Computer (POPA)
2. Pattern Classification Using Computer Vision
3. 3D Object Modeling

4. Stereo Vision
5. Korean Character Recognition Using Neural Networks
6. Image Understanding
7. Robot Vision
8. Medical Imaging

B. Projects (partial list)

1. On-line detection of surface faults on metal plates
2. Autonomous land vehicle navigation
3. Development of slab number recognition system by using an image processor
4. Development of range image sensor
5. Development of high-performance parallel computer for image processing
6. Wavelet transforms for image processing and image understanding
7. Development of robot vision system for automatic assembly of automobile parts

C. Facilities (POPA (Pohang Parallel Architecture, transputer-based); PIPE model 1 system (image processing and

understanding system); Gould IP 9516 image processor (micro-VAX host); ITI 151 image processing system; Solbourne 5/602; Sun workstations; Neuralworks; ANZAplus neurocomputer; CCD cameras; color image scanner; HP plotter; color monitors; white light projection system; PCs; PUMA-560 robot; NOVA-IO robot)

D. Faculty - Group Leader: Prof. Chung Nim Lee


A Research Areas

1. Image Processing System and Applications

Satellite data processing
Computer inspection
Medical imaging
CAD/CAM and graphics
Automatic character recognition
Fingerprint recognition

2. Research on Basic Software for Remote Sensing Utilizing Image Processing Systems

B. Projects (partial list)

1. Image processing system with microcomputer 2. Development of vectorized image processing software for the processing of remotely sensed data 3. Development of automatic testing system using computer vision and AI techniques 4. Development of weather satellite data analysis technique and workstation software for image processing 5. Development of automatic car license plate recognition system

C. Facilities (SUN workstations, IBM PC/AT based graphics systems, IBM PC-386 based graphics system, CRAY-2s/

4-128, CYBER 960, Micro-VAX 11)

D. Researchers - 4 Ph.D., 4 M.S., 5 B.S.



The First New Information Processing Technology Workshop '91, held
from 5-8 November 1991 in Yokohama, Japan, is briefly described.

by David K. Kahaner


HCH Building, Room 4841

the Electrotechnical Laboratory's (ETL) 14th and Constitution Ave

planning office, and three members of NIPT (New Information Process- Washington, DC 20230

the secretariat from the Japan Inforing Technology) was last year's name Tel: (202) 377-4844

mation Processing Development Cenfor a major 10-year Japanese comput- Fax: (202) 377-4362

ter (JIPDEC). ing project proposed by the Ministry E-mail: Proposals were received from for International Trade and Industry

Germany, Korea, Canada, Singapore, (MITI). This year's names are Real who is experienced in the area of opto- the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, World Computing (RWC) and Four- electronics, and

and Italy, but not from the United States. Dimensional Computing (4DC).

The absence of proposals from U.S. (Japanese scientists prefer RWC, and Dr. Barbara L. Yoon

scientists was a significant topic of in subsequent reports I will use this Program Manager

conversation during the workshop, and name.) The project is in feasibility Microelectronics Technology Office I was asked about it repeatedly. There study now, and if deemed “feasible” DARPAMTO

was a general feeling of disappoint(which appears likely) it will begin 3701 North Fairfax Drive

ment about the lack of collaborations officially 1 April 1991 for a period of Arlington, VA 22203-1714

with U.S. scientists, but some of the 10 years. The suggested budget is on Tel: (703) 696-2234

Japanese scientists felt they had plenty the order of $40-50M per year. This is Fax: (703) 696-2201

of their own ideas. The Europeans, a large, but by Western standards not a E-mail: while mildly concerned about the implihuge, program, although it has high

cations, were hoping that this left a visibility, and participating in it is viewed who is experienced in the area of neural larger slice of the pie for them. as prestigious. MITI wants to make this nets. As much as possible, we attended The U.S. Government has suggested an international program and has offered different sessions. The comments below an independent collaboration on a rapid the possibility of participation to sci- represent our joint opinions, and these prototyping optical fabrication facility entists outside of Japan. The purpose were almost entirely shared by the other along the lines of the MOS Implemenof the current workshop was to listen Western attendees. I am very grateful tation Service at the University of to proposals from interested scientists. for the enthusiastic assistance they Southern California. (A brief descripThe workshop was open to those scien- provided to me, and I'm also happy to tion of the thinking that led to this tists whose proposals had sufficiently report that many of my Japanese col- decision is given in the 28 October 1991 interested members of the steering leagues were equally willing to provide edition of New Technology Week committee and to official observers. In me with frank and candid opinions. (NTW).]H. Fukuda, MITI, announced addition to myself, two other U.S. sci- Mr. Brian Enochs, representing the it was his opinion that the United entists were observers:

Science Counsellor in the U.S. Embassy, States and Japan will choose to conduct

Japan, was also present at the plenary joint optoelectronics research and develDr. Marc H. Brodsky sessions.

opment (R&D) under their bilateral IEEE Technology Administration Approximately 80 scientists attended Science and Technology Agreement and Fellow

this workshop as shown in Table 1. There towards that end would conduct a U.S. Department of Commerce were also seven or eight MITI repre- feasibility study. Technology Administration

sentatives, two Japanese observers from

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There was no official European two-thirds, was thought to be for the The characteristics of the NIPT Program: Community (EC) representation. United States and one-third for the EC Instead, R. Eckmiller (University of and Asian countries. (Now that the (1) To process a variety of informaDusseldorf, Germany) explained to the United States has declined to collabo- tion and to resolve such problems audience that the EC Commission had rate directly, it isn't clear how this will that are impossible or very diffitold him it wanted symmetric collabo- affect the funding.) The $400M would cult to be resolved in a logical ration, i.e., university with university, also be split about equally among four manner. industry with industry (if companies so topics: (1) theory and new functions desired), government institute with for application, (2) massively parallel (2) The applicable fields are the fields same, etc., and did not want oblique systems, (3) neural computing systems, of the new information processing collaboration. It would also consider a and (4) optical computing systems. such as pattern information prototally vertical collaboration from basic A very clear distinction was made cessing, resolution of the highly research all the way to marketable between NIPT and the 5th Generation difficult problems, and intellecproduct (that is, beyond prototype project. I quote this below.

tual robot, which need the functions development). (Symmetric collabora

of flexible recognition, problem tion sounds great but might be difficult Functional:

solving, and control. to achieve given the differences in research systems between Japan and The characteristics of the fifth genera- System: the West. What about symmetric tion computer: benefits?)

The characteristics of the fifth generI asked about the budget for this (1) To process the symbolic informa- ation computer: program and was told that it would be

tion such as characters and to make of a similar order of magnitude as the inference in accordance with the (1) This system is the highly parallel ending 5th Generation project (Insti- logical rules, typical of the syllogism. system composed of the element tute for New Generation Computer

processors, and each element proTechnology (ICOT)], thus about $40- (2) The applicable fields are the intellec- cessor works under the control of 50M per year. However, the exact figures tual information processing fields hierarchical distributed control. are not yet available, nor are the rela- such as the analysis of the gene tive percentages for university, industry, arrangement, the case study, and (2) The parallel operating system and government laboratory, and foreign judgment based on the provisions the application software systems participation. One source said the money of the laws and regulations and are described in the logic prowould be divided several ways. About judicial precedents.

gramming language. 25% would be designated for foreign groups as part of the “international

(3) The VLSI and ULSI technology cooperation.” Of this, $100M, about

are applied as the device technology.

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