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VSRC Research Programming and Computational Analysis Core

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Core Director
Crawford Downs, PhD

Associate Core Director

Yuhua Zhang, PhD

Alex Zotov


Location & Contact
WORB, Mezzanine, Rm M20C
Phone: (205) 934-4167
Fax: (205) 934-5725  
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The Research Programming and Computational Analysis Core offers researchers a comprehensive programming and image analysis service where custom image analysis routines and standalone programs can be developed for individual project needs by highly trained personnel. The Core also develops the control software that allows custom instrumentation to be interfaced with computers in the laboratory setting, which is typically achieved using LabVIEW, Java, C, C++, Matlab, and other languages   ZStim GUI
    User interface of one of the completed and actively supported instrument control systems

The main goal of the Research Programming and Computational Analysis Core is to provide assistance in configuring software and hardware to ensure that computer equipment meets all requirements for proper execution of vision science experiments and other research related activities. The Research Programming and Computational Analysis Core works closely with investigators and collaborates with other cores to design and develop custom commercially unavailable software required to manage experimental equipment, to process experiment data.

Services include:
  • Development of custom, specialized software
  • Development of customized hardware/software interfaces and instrument control systems
  • Website authoring, hosting and development of web applications
  • Development and maintenance of online scheduling services for shared instrumentation

Recent Projects. Follow the link to see more information on software development and other projects

Posters presented at UAB Core Day
VSRC Cores 2014
VSRC Research Programming and Computational Analysis Core 2014


MacPro, Work Stations, Linux Servers, Color Scanner, Color Laser Printer, Slide/Film Scanner

Resume of Alex Zotov (pdf)