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Imense Ltd is a UK-based company that develops and licenses technology for numerous OCR (Optical Character Recognition) applications including car license plates (ANPR) and ID reading .


The founders of Imense are Dr Christopher Town and Dr David Sinclair. In their academic lives they developed the first 'Ontological Query Evaluation Language' (OQUEL) for image retrieval, which mapped a plain text user query onto a query over automatically recognized visual content in a corpus of images. Dr David Sinclair retains an active interest in computational geometry and has open sourced two efficient Delauany triangulation routines using the principle of a 'Sweep Hull'[1].

The technological focus of the business has evolved from general image content recognition to highly accurate specific pattern recognition required for OCR.

News articles about Imense legacy search technology include.[2][3][4]


Key papers describing the birth and evolution of ontological query languages include: [5][6]

The research focus of Imense Ltd has evolved from automated visual ontologies [7] to Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The Imense OCR Engine was initially developed to perform automatic license plate reading (ALPR/ ANPR ) on primitive mobile devices.

The ALPR technology has evolved into a fast, efficient general OCR engine that performs well on a range of language model free OCR tasks. The


  1. Sinclair, David (2016-03-18). "S-hull: a fast radial sweep-hull routine for Delaunay triangulation".
  2. news article 1[permanent dead link]
  3. news article 2
  4. news article 3
  5. Dr Town's Publications
  6. ORL Publications
  7. Ontology based Visual Information Processing (Town, 2004)

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