About ASCI

ASCI is an acronym for Advanced School for Computing and Imaging

ASCI is a Dutch graduate school formed by Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Utrecht University. Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Twente, Eindhoven University of TechnologyErasmus University Rotterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen are associated members of ASCI.

ASCI was officially accredited by the KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) on 29 May 1995, making it the first Dutch graduate school in computer science to be accredited.

The research in ASCI is focused on two main themes:

  • Computer Systems: methods and techniques for the design and implementation of advanced computer systems like parallel, distributed, embedded and real-time systems. These kinds of computer systems are essential for large applications such as weather forecasting, the modelling of molecular structures for the development of new medicines, and so on. These and many similar applications need high performance computer systems.
  • Imaging Systems: methods and techniques for the analysis and synthesis of images. Many of the applications, such as the ones mentioned above, generate enormous amounts of data which can only be interpreted by humans after some form of computer processing. Image synthesis aims at the visualization of data for the human eye, while image analysis is more oriented to the automatic interpretation of data. Also, sensor systems are being studied, such as magnetic resonance devices.

About 130 Ph.D. students and 100 staff members are working in ASCI.
Scientific Director of ASCI is Prof.dr.ir. Henri Bal.


Participants in ASCI:


Vrije Universiteit

  • VU-EW-CS
    Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Computersystems group.

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University of Amsterdam

  • UvA-FNWI-SNE
    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences, Informatics Institute, System and Network Engineering science group
  • UvA-FNWI-IAS
    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences, Informatics Institute, Intelligent Autonomous Systems.
  • UvA-FNWI-ISIS
    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences, Informatics Institute, Intelligent Sensory Information Systems Group.
  • UvA-FNWI-CSA
    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Sciences, Informatics Institute, Computer Systems Architecture Group.

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Eindhoven University of Technology

  • TUE-WI
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Dept of Mathematics and Computer Science, Section Computer Science, Visualization Group.
  • TUE-ET
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Design Methodology for Electronic Systems Group.
  • TUE-BMT
    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Section: Biomedical Image Analysis (BMIA).

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Delft University of Technology

  • TUD-EWI-MM-CGCC
    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology and Systems, Department of Mediamatics, Computer Graphics and CAD/CAM Group.
  • TUD-EWI-ST-PGS
    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology and Systems, Parallel and Distributed Systems Group.
  • TUD-EWI-MM-ICT
    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Information Technology and Systems, Department of Mediamatics, Information and Communication Theory Group.
  • TUD-TNW-QI
    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Applied Physics, Pattern Recognition Group.
  • TUD-L&R-FRS
    Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Group.

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Leiden University

  • UL-LIACS
    Leiden University, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, Computer & Software Systems Division- Leiden Embedded Research Center (LERC).
  • UL-LUMC
    Medische Beeldverwerking, ook wel bekend als het Laboratorium voor Klinische en Experimentele Beeldverwerking (LKEB).

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Utrecht University

  • UU-ICS-GMT
    Utrecht University, Faculty of Science, Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Center for Geometry, Imaging and Virtual Environments.

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University of Twente

  • UT-EWI-DACS
    University of Twente, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Laboratory for Design and Analysis of Communication Systems.
  • UT-EWI-CAES
    University of Twente, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Laboratory for Computer Architecture Design & Test for Embedded Systems.

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Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

  • UG-CS-SVCG
    University of Groningen, Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science, Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics.
  • UG-CS-IS
    University of Groningen, Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science, Intelligent Systems.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam

  • EUR-UMCR
    Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam Departments of Radiology and Medical Informatics.

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 Radboud University Nijmegen

  • RUN-UMCR
    Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Radiology Department, Diagnostic Image Analysis Group.

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