The Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) was founded in September 2013 by Professor Baoquan Chen, focusing mainly on emerging technology pertaining to visual sensing and communication.

Visuals represent the main channel through which humans, or their robotics agents, understand and maneuver through their living environment and interact with each other. IRC brings together disciplines such as computer graphics, computer vision, human-computer interaction (HCI), visualization, and machine learning. Big data, VR (virtual reality) & AR (augmented reality), 3D printing, Robotics, etc, are not simply bandwagons we jump on, but the vehicle we ride with towards a changing world. IRC publishes in top venues such as ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG), SIGGRAPH, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), and IEEE VIS.

IRC fosters a truly international research culture, with frequent faculty and student exchanges with universities worldwide, also featuring visiting professors from the U.S., Canada, Israel, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. IRC also reaches out to the broad academic community and the fast evolving industry in China. Our inaugural Summer School on Visual Computing was attended by over 300 undergraduates, graduates, and researchers nationwide from 60 universities of 25 provinces, with sponsors including nVidia. IRC has established a joint laboratory with China Youth Daily, a leading newspaper in China, on computational journalism, and with Iqiyi, a leading online video company, on visual data analysis.

IRC's research is generously sponsored by government and industry. IRC leads the China National Basic Research Initiative (dubbed 973 Plan) on Urban Big Data Computing – how the processing of urban big data, ranging from physical sensors to information systems to user generated contents, can capitalize on the spatial and temporal registration among them to consolidate data, extract semantical information, and ultimately, achieve new insights. Under a China-Israel joint grant, IRC also collaborates closely with Daniel Cohen-Or, Dani Lischinski, and Andrei Sharf on the analysis of social camera captures. Under China-Germany Collaboration Program (PPP), IRC has established an annual exchange program with Stuttgart and Constance, on research concerning visual analytics of big data.

IRCers are the happy crowd that calls IRC home, a place we grow, mature, and thrive, leaving a fun, and sometimes exhilarating, memory behind, be it the birthday party, or the first fall on the ski slopes. An annual family album captures the roads we hiked, the mountains we climbed, the hills we skied, and the oceans we sailed together.

IRC constantly looks out to extend the family by recruiting special individuals like you – whether undergraduates, graduates, PostDocs, or faculty members!

山东大学交叉研究中心(Interdisciplinary Research Center, IRC)于2013年9月由陈宝权教授创建,关注视觉感知与交互相关领域新兴技术的发展。视觉感知是人类对周围环境理解、认知、交互以及决策的重要途径,是机器智能的重要基础。本中心旨在以视觉感知与交互为着眼点促进机器智能以及人机协同的发展,通过综合交叉计算机图形学、计算机视觉、人机交互、可视化以及机器学习等学科,在可视大数据、虚拟现实与增强现实、3D打印、机器人等研究方向取得了一系列成果。自成立以来,本中心在ACM TOG、SIGGRAPH、TVCG、IEEE VIS等国际顶级期刊及会议上发表了多篇论文,获批多项国际与国内专利,并贡献代码于业内最具影响力的开源社区,获得上万下载。


交叉研究中心的科学研究受到了政府与工业界的大力支持与资助。本中心现主持科技部国家重点基础研究发展计划(“973”计划) 《城市大数据计算理论和方法》、国家自然科学基金国际(地区)合作与交流项目—中以合作项目《面向社会相机的影像数据分析与重组研究》、中德合作项目《面向城市计算的三维建模与可视化理论与方法》(PPP)、国家自然科学基金重点项目等一批国家重点及重大科研项目。