Research at University Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, Coordinating University of the Master programme CIMET
Since the early nineties, academic research on Computational Color Imaging has been conducted by Professor Alain Trémeau and his team at University Jean Monnet. Their research activities focus on: Image segmentation, Calibration of displays and projection devices, Quality control, Image quality metrics, Color appearance models etc. The team currently consists of eight associated professors plus one professor and their work focus on:
- Video motion tracking, Video segmentation (Hubert Konik),
- Motion saliency, Visual appearance models (Eric Dinet),
- Object recognition, Color invariants (Damien Muselet),
- Color difference metrics, Image quality metrics, Multispectral imaging (Alain Trémeau)
- And other themes linked to Image Processing.
This team has published numerous articles, organised or contributed to numerous international conferences (CGIV 2010, CCIW 2009, CGIV 2004, CGIP 2000) and summer schools (IPCV 2004, EHINC 1999). Through numerous book chapters editing, team members have largely contributed to the international Color research community.This team has also supervised many PhD Thesis and Master Thesis on both Academic and Industrial projects. Since 2009, this team has been associated to the Hubert Curien Laboratory (UMR CNRS 5516) that accounts for the biggest Research Unit at University Jean Monnet.Hubert Curien Laboratory core competences in photonics systems and diffractive optics science and technologies are based on micro/nano technologies, laser processing, biophotonics and image processing. These have been expanded to include research in Computer science and Machine learning.With an annual budget topping 1200 K€, Hubert Curien Laboratory is pushed forward by national agencies (French government and CNRS) to transfer its knowledge to the industry by means of industrial contracts, technical transfer projects, patent licensing and the creation of spin-off companies. Hubert Curien Laboratory, has about 4000 m2 dedicated to research in the heart of the Scientific and Technologic Park of the University Jean Monnet called "Pôle Optique et Vision" in close connections with private companies and institutions such as the PORA (Rhône-Alpes Region Optical Center). More than 120 researchers and PhD students work today in the two research department of the lab: "Optics and photonics" Department and "Computer science and image processing" Department. The number of Professors and Assistant Professors with permanent positions has increased by 30% over the last 10 years. The number of PhD, Post Doctoral and non-permanent positions has increased by 67% over the same time period.