The Centre for Visual and Immersive Computing (CVIC) focuses on regional and international dimensions of knowledge/technology innovation, application and practice development, academic networking, and social service innovation. CVIC with specialisms in real-time CCTV analysis, augmented reality and machine vision for smart factory automation is led by Professor Zhijie Xu. Centre staffs investigate research concepts, algorithms and systems in computer vision, interaction, visualisation, and other creative computing domains for the development of seamless communication mechanisms between humans and automated systems. Examples include the use of image processing to detect security threats from CCTV and the application of cognitive and engineering psychology to facilitate human behaviour in socio-technical systems. The vision of the centre for the post-REF’21 period can be summarised as:

  • Establishing a shared research vision and strengthening a united team spirit 
  • Forming a long-term and sustainable research strategy 
  • Developing collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiatives 
  • Nurturing early career researchers and postgraduate students 

Our people: Leading experts

Our research staff are creative and innovative practitioners who have wide industrial and research experience. They use their established industry links to continually refresh and update their research activities, ensuring that their work is at the leading edge of technology.



The impact of our research into computer vision, computer architecture, and software engineering falls into 3 distinct areas: Social security and crime detection; Knowledge engineering; and Data visualisation.



The following are examples of the most recent outputs produced by members of the group. 



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Providing the best research environment facilitates top class research. We provide a range of measures to ensure this


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Research Excellence

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Facilities and Equipment

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Contact Us

Director: Professor Zhijie Xu

Research Office
Computing and Engineering
University of Huddersfield

Tel: 01484 473087

Email: sce.research.applications@hud.ac.uk