ACVT has been working in the field of surveillance for many years. Much of this work has been in the Defence and Security space with DSTO and other Defence agencies. This has included involvement in Coastwatch and working on applications such as airborne surveillance imagery from UAVs. A focus of more recent work, some of which has been patented, has been automation in monitoring video from many cameras to generate an understanding of the paths which targets may take between their fields of view. ACVT employs novel methods for estimating the activity topology of a set of cameras based on an exclusion approach. The method is computationally fast, and does not rely on the tracking of objects within each camera view. In contrast to most existing methods for activity topology determination, it does not attempt to build up evidence for camera proximity over time. Instead, it uses observed activity to rule out topologies over time. Such approaches bring significant technical and economic benefits, particularly as the proliferation of surveillance cameras throughout public places has far outpaced the development of software to monitor the video they generate. The exclusion approach to topology estimation has been licenced to SNAP Network Surveillance for commercialisation, but the work in this area continues within the ACVT. Current projects are looking at improving the tracking of targets between cameras, and improving the topology estimation process.
The US patent office has granted the patent which covers the large-scale surveillance technology being commercialised by SNAP Surveillance. This is great news for SNAP, but also for the ACVT. It’s US Patent number 8396250.
ACVT is working with the South Australian Motor Accident Commission (MAC) with the aim of improving the safety of cyclists. A project commencing shortly will focus on developing software to enable the MAC to analyse imagery to evaluate the visibility of cyclists under a range of conditions. A key goal for the project is to […]
Congratulations to David Sandberg, programmer for SNAP Network Surveillance, who has won the ‘Best Colour Paper’ prize awarded by Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA) at the recent 2011 DICTA conference. David’s paper, ‘Model-Based Video Coding using Colour and Depth Cameras’ can be viewed here sandberg_dicta11
Congratulations to Dr Henry Detmold who was Runner Up in the 2011 Pearcey SA Entrepreneur Award! The Entrepreneur Award is a State award, rolling up into the Benson National ICT Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and is aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT and Digital Media professions Henry was awarded a special […]
The World Wide Web is a visual place, full of images and video. As of September 2010, Flickr hosts over 5 billion photos, while over 2 billion videos are watched every day on Youtube. This is a vast store of information, but how can we find what we want? Currently, images are almost always identified […]
Congratulations to Anton van den Hengel, David Suter, Anthony Dick, and Henry Detmold, who were recently awarded a major grant for ‘Accelerating Australia’s large scale video surveillance research programmes’: The research to be conducted using this infrastructure will bring immense benefits to Australia in terms of increased levels of public safety and in the protection […]
ACVT has been awarded an ARC LIEF Grant valued at $280,000 to acquire equipment and infrastructure to support research in large scale video surveillance. The CIs include Prof. Anton van den Hengel, Prof. David Suter, Prof. Mike Brooks, Dr Anthony Dick, Dr Henry Detmold and Dr Chunhua Shen. This project will construct a world-class video […]
The ACVT has been successful in attracting a Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program award from the Federal Government and DSTO. The award supports the development of a technology demonstrator based on ACVT’s existing capabilities in in content-based image retrieval. Content-based image retrieval allows large image databases to be searched on the basis of the images themselves. It means that […]
The ACVT was recently awarded two grants from the Premier’s Science and Research Fund: A $590,000 grant for an aerial and satellite imagery exploitation program: Led by Professor Anton van den Hengel from the University of Adelaide, this project aims to develop capability in modern aerial and satellite image processing, and will initially focus on […]
Following DICTA, Rhys Hill attended WACV 2009 in Snowbird, Utah, presenting ‘Automatic Camera Placement for Large Scale Surveillance Networks’ by Anton van den Hengel, Rhys Hill, Ben Ward, Alex Cichowski, Henry Detmold, Chris Madden, Anthony Dick and John Bastian.