Cafe Sci Cambridge – Human vs computer vision in biomedicine

Images hold essential biological information, often the starting point of our understanding of cells or whole organisms. But how and why would we outsource this important task to computers?

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Espresso Library, 210 East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1BG


Wed 15th May, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Images are essential sources of information in biology, whether it comes to observing the inside of a single cell or the complex behaviour of large populations of organisms. They are the starting material of bioimage analysis, the field of science that explores computer-based methods to extract information from biological images.

Why would one want to outsource this important task to computers, and how can we do that? While the former question finds answers in the principles of scientific research, the latter leads to an investigation of visual perception and reveals the wonderful complexity of what happens when we, humans, see.

Tonight’s speaker Virginie Uhlmann is a Research Group Leader at EMBL- European Bioinformatics Institute at Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, south of Cambridge. Her research focuses on bioimage informatics – making sense of bioimaging using mathematical tools and computer vision algorithms. Virginie’s group works on collaborative interdisciplinary projects that sit at the intersection of biology, computer science and mathematics.

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This is a free and non-ticketed event.
Doors open at 18:45 so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Starts at 19:00 and finish around 20:30.