ACVT has been awarded a 3 year ARC Discovery Grant valued at $358,000. The CIs on the grant are Prof. Ian Reid and Dr Anthony Dick.
The aim of this project is to visually understand an environment as seen from a moving camera in real time. This entails the recovery of 3D shape and the recognition of individual objects in the environment, while also recognising overall scene types (indoor or outdoor, home or office). This is a significant advance over existing systems, which focus on sparse 3D shape estimation, and produces a model of the environment which is akin to that maintained by a human observer. Such a model has applications beyond the typical domain of robotics, including driver assistance, automated map annotation, environment capture and true scene understanding, which is the original and ongoing goal of computer vision.