The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory at Gjøvik University College was founded in the spring of 2001, under the name The Norwegian Color Research Laboratory, with the vision to study colour as a light signal, to be captured and reproduced, without isolating it from its traditional context. It was at the time serving the rising needs for colour management solutions in the graphic arts industry.
The research group has played a very important role in the studies offered at Gjøvik University College already from the beginning in 2001, with the master programme in “elektronisk publisering og multimedieteknikk” and in the graphical engineering degree. In 2008 the laboratory, as a part of four partners, in started an Erasmus Mundus master programme “Color in information and media technology”.
The laboratory has also over the years lead several research projects, such as the one on multispectral image capture and reproduction funded by the research council of Norway from 2003 to 2007. In 2007 to 2010 the group was a partner in the EU funded project Colour Research for European Advanced Technology Employment (CREATE), where we organized the final conference with more than 100 young researchers from all over the world visited Gjøvik. The laboratory also leads training and research project funded by Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN); Colour Printing 7.0: Next Generation Multi-Channel Printing (CP7.0). In 2013 another project from the research council of Norway started, HyPerCept – Color and Media Quality in higher dimensions, with the principal objective is push the scientific boundaries of colour and image quality within a broadly defined visual computing context.
In the spring of 2012 the laboratory changed name from The Norwegian Color Research Laboratory to The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory, leading into a broadening of the research field of the group. The laboratory has since its foundation risen to become an internationally leading research- and educational institution on the area of colour imaging science, image- and video processing.