Saarland University - Intel Visual Computing Institute

The IVCI is a central research facility of Saarland University focusing on basic and applied research in Visual Computing. It is a joint effort between Intel and the Saarland Informatics Campus with the aim of Open Collaborative Research between industry and academia. Saarland Informatics Campus is the leading Computer Science research facility in Germany, gathering the University (which has been the first introducing Computer Science as a degree course) with world class basic institutional research represented by the two Max-Planck-Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems and applied institutional research represented by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Recently the Saarland Informatics Campus could announce the next big step in having received the grant for the foundation of a Helmholtz Center for Security, Privacy and Accountability. Overall, more than 600 researchers carried out research in Computer Science.

The IVCIs research program is based on regular calls for projects that once admitted by a Steering Committee are run by academic Principal Investigators. These collaborations include not only partners from Saarbrücken but also many top labs from across Europe in the field of Visual Computing (e.g. UCL, London; ParisTech, Paris; Lund University, Sweden, KIT, Germany; TU Delft, Netherlands, and others).

With this scheme the IVCI is currently running some 20 projects with several researchers each. The IVCI has published several hundred highly ranked publications including many 1-tier conferences and journals (SIGGRAPH, ICCV, CVPR and many more) and received several prestigious awards (GPCE Best Paper Award, ACM Multimedia Best Paper Award, Cebit Innovation Award and many more). Members of the IVCI have received ERC Grants, the DFG Leibniz Award and the Donald E. Walker Distinguished Service Award.