In April 2011, a new agreement was signed between the Vice-Chancellors of the two universities, according to which CBA will continue as collaboration with joint activities administered by UU. The long term strategic planning of CBA will be handled by a joint council with two representatives from each university. All personnel will be employed at a department at one of the two universities, and everyday management of CBA will be the responsibility of the head of the division of the IT Department at UU to which CBA belongs. Within the IT Department, there has been a review of the division structure, and on January 1st, 2012, CBA will become part of a new division, Visual Information and Interaction, Vi2. Ingela Nyström became head of that new division and thus also head of CBA. At the time of writing, it has not yet been decided to which department at SLU CBA will belong.
One component of the close integration between image analysis research at the two universities is that Gunilla Borgefors has been offered a full time position as guest professor in computerized image processing at UU, starting February 1st, 2012, with full financing from SLU.
The many organizational changes that have taken place have of course affected us all, to varying degrees. We hope that the new organization we see emerging will allow us to continue our successful joint research and to develop new branches with new colleagues. As seen in this report, we have been able to keep up a high activity despite a turbulent period.