Vision and Perceptual Machines Lab (VPML)

Introduction

The Vision and Perceptual Machines Lab (VPML) occupies 301B Davis Hall (907 net square feet). VPML scientists conduct research in imaging and vision science in an effort to build perceptual machines and smart environments. The lab will need to consist both of workstation, collaborative space, and an open space.

Currently, there are two major initiatives for the vision lab (which are being built in my commons space): 1) reincarnation of the 4D Touchpad (an installation consisting of a display, two/three cameras, machine and lighting) and 2) smart office (dedicated desk cameras on ceiling). We plan to increase to a third installation involving dynamic / real-time activity recognition.

Requirements

  1. A large open space, roughly 15' x 15' (250 NSF) is the minimum necessary for conducting interactive vision experiments. The space is for both active projects and experimental data acquisition. We will purchase some curtains (black) and drape them throughout this space to facilitate the creation of various environments. (jcorso)
  2. Power. 120V? 208V? (jcorso)
  3. Ethernet connectivity (N data ports). Fiber? (jcorso)
  4. Overhead Utility Grid for mounting equipment. (jcorso)
  5. Wall space for mounting equipment. (jcorso)
  6. Collaborative space for project discussions (close to the open space) with a big table is also important to conduct some of these experiments and meetings (and to show off some of the experiments to visitors). (jcorso)
  7. Workstation desks for students are crucial. It doesn't necessarily matter that the students would have their primary location in the lab itself, but it should be close to the lab. If the primary location is in the lab itself, then additional space to accommodate them should be included. Each pair of cameras will be run by one workstation/laptop. (jcorso)
  8. Work space for five (5) research assistants (RAs). (jcorso)
  9. Ideally contiguous with or at least close to Surgery Lab. (jcorso)

People

  1. Jason Corso

References

  1. http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/people/offices.php