Welcome to CCVCL

The CUNY Computational Vision and Convergence Laboratory (CCVCL) was founded in 2002 as The City College Visual Computing Laboratory. CCVCL is directed by Dr. Zhigang Zhu, Kayser Professor of Computer Science in The City College of New York and The CUNY Graduate Center. It serves as an experimental environment for both research and education in computational vision and the convergence research in AI, multimodal sensing, HCI, machine learning and their wide applications. The research activities in the CCVCL primarily focus on the understanding of 3D natural scenes and the events in the scenes from various sensor modalities, including cameras, thermal sensors, acoustic sensors and IOT sensors. Currently, there are two main research themes in the Lab. The first aspect of the research is three-dimensional scene modeling, understanding and rendering from images and videos using computational vision and machine learning techniques. The second aspect of the research is human and other subject detection, tracking and signature extraction from multiple cameras and multimodal sensors. Potential applications of computational sensing and convergence research range across assistive technology, augmented and virtual reality, environment monitoring, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), intelligence analysis, robot & human collaboration, security and surveillance, transportation, urban design, and etc..

News and Announcements

[May 2021 – Now]. AI4IA: Artificial Intelligence for Intelligence Analysis Colloquium Series, part of the IC CAE Center for Critical Intelligence Studies at Rutgers University. 

May 14, 2024. Two Capstone Teams won 2024 Zahn Innovation Competitions: Team Inclusify (Najia Jahan/CS, Myesha Mahazabeen/CS and Bryan Roy Martinez/CpE) won the Zahn Social Impact Grand Prize ($15,000) and Team EmployAble (Kazi Sadman and James Zou, both CS) won the Zahn Social Impact Finalist Prize ($5,000). Congratulations!!

May 08, 2024. PhD student Jiawei Liu won the 2024 CUNY Graduate Center Computer Science/Data Science Poster Competition. Congratulations!

March 27, 2024. Employable in the News 12 Brooklyn! This is one of the 2023-2024 CCNY CS/CpE Capstone Teams on Assistive Technologies, five of which are participating in the 2024 CREATE Competitions organized by NYS Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), in partnership with Goodwill NY/NJ and AHRC NYC. Congratulations!

December 07, 2023. CCNY Team Develops Pioneering Indoor Navigation System [CUNY Newswire] [CCNY News][LinkedIn][Dispatchist][X]

December 05, 2023. CCVCL is renamed as the CUNY Computational Vision and Convergence Laboratory to reflect the new research coverages and the composition of the lab members.

November 07, 2023. Professor Jie Gong and students, our close collaborators at Rutgers, on multiple projects including the NSF PFI Project SAT-Hub, are in the news for the work on Mapping Rutgers Art Museum.

October 10, 2023. Patent No 11785430 on SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REAL-TIME INDOOR NAVIGATION issued! US Patent, Application Serial No. 17/399,457; Filed on August 11, 2021; Approved on June 28, 2023; Issued on October 10, 2023.

August 23, 2023. The lab’s spin-off NeARabl has won CIO Applications MagazineTop Digital Mapping Solution Provider of 2023“. Congratuations to  CIO E’edresha Sturdivant and the entire NeARabl team!

June 23, 2023. Professor Zhigang Zhu and his work on SAT-Hub was featured in The RICC – Research and Innovation at City College,  – Vol III, Issue 6: Advancing Accessibility Through AI.

May 12, 2023. Capstone Team Productify won 1ST PLACE IN ZAHN SOCIAL GOODS AND AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS. Congratulations!!

May 11, 2022. Mr Jiawei Liu. Classifying Sidewalk Materials Using Multi-Modal Data. Master Thesis (Advisors: Professor Hao Tang, Professor Zhigang Zhu), Data Science and Engineering, The City College of New York. Congratulations!

February 15, 2023. Nearabl on FuzeHub: After Hitting a Wall, N.Y. Company’s Innovation Finds Footing in Infrastructure.

September 01, 2022. Ms Jin Chen. A Real-Time 3D Object Detection, Recognition and Presentation System on a Mobile Device for Assistive Navigation. Master Thesis (Advisor: Professor Zhigang Zhu), Data Science and Engineering, The City College of New York. Congratulations!

June 01, 2022. Lab Member Hao Nan Ou, a master student in the Data Science and Engineering Program at the City College New York, joined NAVAIR as a Data Scientist. Congratulations!

May 05, 2022. Team Autism Bridge in the Capstone 2021-2022 Cohort won the Zahn Software 1st Prize. Congratulations!

April 25, 2022. Both Team Schedule & Structure and Team ASLNOW in the Capstone 2021-2022 Cohort won the CREATE third prizes. Congratulations!

April 02, 2022. Brilliant news! We’ve just heard from Scientix that the multiple translations of our Futurum article are now available on their website!

February 02, 2022. Our Futurum article on SAT-Hub has been accepted to Scientix, a European repository for STEM related resources, and has been voted one of four winners of The Scientix Translation Service Campaign 3, which took place in January. This campaign invited teachers to vote for their favorite resources in the Scientix repository, in the STEM School Label category “professionalisation of staff.” Scientix will now be translating the article into 36 languages, giving teachers all over the world the opportunity to use the materials. Click here for the resource at Scientix, and check out the news on social media [LinkedIn] [Twitter] [ FaceBook].

January 17, 2022. Lab Member Xingye (Alex) Li, a master student in the Data Science and Engineering Program at the City College New York, joined Lyft as a Software Engineer / Machine Learning Engineer. Congratulations!

January 12,2022. Our SAT-Hub work is featured in The RICC – Research and Innovation at City College, Vol II, Issue 1, January ’22.

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