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sci.image.processing Scientific image processing and analysis
sci.image.processing provides a forum for discussion of the scientific
uses of image processing and analysis. Discussions of algorithms
and application programs are appropriate, with emphasis on solving real
world image processing problems. Discussions of computer graphics,
visualization, output, window systems, communications, etc. are not
appropriate. Posting of images is strongly discouraged. Images should
be posted to alt.binaries.pictures.misc, or made available for FTP.
This group will take a broad definition of the term image processing.
Most topics related to the formation and analysis of images
are appropriate so long as a more focused newsgroup does not exist.
This presently excludes topics such as computer vision (comp.ai.vision)
and image compression per se (comp.compression), but not topics such
as image detectors or calibration of imaging equipment. Obviously,
topics such as the impact of lossy image compression on image processing
algorithms or the use of AI to analyze scientific images are not excluded.
One purpose is to develop and maintain Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
articles on the subject. Another is to provide a forum where
experimentalists learn about image processing algorithms while computer
scientists hear about the uses to which generic algorithms are put, or
the requirements of a specific application. Both will discuss what can
and cannot be done to improve image quality before and during processing.
The "IEEE Transactions on Image Processing" gives a list of topics
which they consider appropriate for that journal. Some of those
topics are also appropriate here:
Coding Filtering Enhancement
Multiresolution Processing Multispectral Processing
Image Representation Image Analysis
Interpolation and Spatial Transformations
Motion Detection and Estimation Image Sequence Processing
Video Signal Processing Noise Modeling
Architectures and Software
Acoustic Imaging Radar Imaging Tomography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Geophysical and Seismic Imaging
Radio Astronomy Speckle Imaging
Computer Holography Confocal Microscopy
Electron Microscopy X-ray Crystallography
Coded-Aperture Imaging Real-Aperture Arrays
While some existing newsgroups carry traffic related to image processing,
there are many aspects to scientific imaging and no newsgroup addresses
more than a few of them. Image processing is usually carried out by
software, but many questions appropriate to this group have little or
nothing to do with software.
By placing the group in the sci.* hierarchy, it should be clear to
new users that the the group is not limited to software or algorithms.
This placement also allows for the future discussion of a sci.image.*
hierarchy with minimal upheaval.
An unmoderated group is needed to permit rapid responses to queries.
A focused, medium noise group is needed in order to attract and retain
the readership which is essential to obtaining knowledgeable answers.
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