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University of Ballarat

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The University of Ballarat has recognised research strengths in environmental management, food technology, e-commerce, behavioural sciences, remote imaging, rural and regional health, mining and geology. The University's Technology Park is also the home of the important Southern Region Data Centre, symbolising the University's links with key developments in information technology and telecommunications, particularly in relation to rural Australia.

While it has been recognised over its long history as a primarily a teaching institution - with this role being strengthened by its recent merger with local TAFE institutions - the University has increased its research performance and commitment markedly in recent years. From 1992 to 1998 its funding through Commonwealth competitive research grants increased by 76%, compared to the Australian-wide university average of 48%, while the University's total (unweighted) research publication between 1995 and 1998 nearly doubled, compared to the average increase of 15%.

Currently the School of Arts (Multimedia) has the capability of becoming involved in formal research and development in multimedia: in the development of interactive CD's (creative interfaces), video capture, webpage design and on-line delivery techniques. The school's emphasis is in the creative multimedia process and interactivity which had been recognised internationally over the past four years through success in design awards and acceptance of works into highly respected journals and publications specialising in this area.

The Image and Video Research Infrastructure Facility (Professor Binh Pham and Dr John Yearwood) of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences has been involved in the development of "A Cooperative Multimedia Environment for Telemedicine Applications". This work emerged out of the Multimedia and Health thrust that began as part of the Ballarat 2000 initiative and the opportunities there were for Ballarat hospitals to provide health and medical services to their region via Telemedicine.

At that stage the practicality of telemedicine was not clear and the particular type (teleradiology, teledermatology, telepsychiatry etc.) that would be the most useful as a pilot had not been decided. Since then, some research collaboration between Western Hospital and the University has started to develop. One project in particular, involves the development of computer diagnostic support for cervical spine trauma, as well as an environment to allow residents at the hospital to consult with senior doctors who are out of the hospital. This project has provided impetus for the researchers to construct a multimedia environment that can support a large range of collaborative telemedicine and tele-health activities in a multimedia environment. The School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences has an undergraduate degree in Information (Multimedia, Internet) and the first students are entering Honours in 2000. It is expected that some of these students will stay on to be involved in multimedia and health projects within the region.

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School of Engineering
http://www.ballarat.edu.au/engineering/
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A region-based progressive image compression technique: RePic
Chief Researcher: Bell D (PhD)
Supervisor: Maeder Prof A
Current Status: Completed 2000
Research Field Classification: 280203 Image Processing

 

School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences
Image and Video Research Infrastructure Facility
http://www.ballarat.edu.au/itms/

A cooperative multimedia environment for telemedicine applications
Chief Researchers: Yearwood Dr J, Pham Prof B
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptors: INFORMATION SYSTEMS--RETRIEVAL; INTERFACES
Research Fields Classification: 280104 Computer-Human Interaction
280305 Multimedia Programming


Physiological aspects of human vision applied to photo-realistic computer graphics
Chief Researcher: Brown R (PhD)
Supervisor: Pham Prof B
Current Status: Ongoing
Descriptor: VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES
Research Fields Classification: 280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing


Knowledge discovery for the design of an intelligent multimedia system
Chief Researcher: Riding C (D.IT)
Supervisor: Pham Prof B
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Fields Classification: 280305 Multimedia Programming
280200 Artificial Intelligence and Signal and Image Processing


Dynamic stereo modelling for modification of 3D scenes
Chief Researcher: Walker L (PhD)
Supervisor: Pham Prof B
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Fields Classification: 280202 Computer Graphics
280203 Image Processing


The use of the case-based reasoning model in the development of an efficient content-based image retrieval system
Chief Researcher: Christie R (PhD)
Supervisor: Pham Prof B
Current Status: Ongoing
Research Fields Classification: 280203 Image Processing
280103 Information Storage, Retrieval and Management

 


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