• 02/21/2019
  • 02:18 AM
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The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College is the proponent of PHP58 million image analysis center. (Photo from UP website)

TACLOBAN CITY -- A budget of at least PHP58 million is needed to establish the center for image analysis in Eastern Visayas at the University of the Philippines (UP) satellite campus here, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has said.

In an interview Friday, DOST 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Edgardo Esperancilla expressed optimism that the project would be considered for funding under the DOST-Niche Centers in the Regions for Research and Development (NICER) program.

The site of the center will be at the proposed new UP campus in Sta. Elena village in the northern part of the city. The Regional Development Council approved the proposal during a meeting last December 3.

UP aims to establish a center for image analysis to develop tools and applications that can be used in biodiversity study and agriculture product quality assessment, validate the integrity of the technology by comparing it to conventional methods in biological studies, and use the generated tool in plankton studies.

Esperancilla said image analysis is an emerging tool in data analysis that extracts information from an image.

Its application ranges from species identification to generating ecological models. It makes experimental processes convenient, time-efficient, and cost-effective.

“The center is envisioned to develop innovative image-analysis tools and applications to cater to the needs of the research development and industry of the region,” the DOST regional chief said.

Through this project, experts in information technology, computer science, mathematics and other disciplines, such as biology, engineering, and chemistry, among others, will work together to create appropriate and science-based innovative solutions, Esperancilla said.

The project will run for three years with six projects. The identified activities aim to address the identified priority needs of the Eastern Visayas region – manufacturing, agri-fishery, and ecotourism. (PNA)

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