We are the Imaging and Computer Vision (ICV) Research Group, part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Program at CSIRO’s Data61 Business Unit.
We aim to harness the benefits of imaging and computer vision science for Australia.
Imaging sources are becoming increasingly available. They include sensing the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g. ubiquitous RGB cameras, infrared, hyperspectral, or X-ray), ultrasonic imaging, and computed images (e.g. MRI, PET and CT) most commonly used for medical imaging. This deluge of images requires sophisticated analysis to extract useful information and augment images for human assistance and decision-making.
Image analysis has been at the core of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution enabled by the rise in computer power affordability (driven to a large extent by GPU technology).
AI methods are thus a key capability of our group, in particular, machine learning techniques such as deep learning.
With over 40 staff and students spread between Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra, Australia, we have strong collaborations with several Australian Universities where our students are enrolled. We also enjoy working with interns through their Honours and Masters degrees.
We are currently working on four research themes:
Fixed vision in known area
Based on the newest camera technologies, using infra-red, or multiple standard RGB cameras we are developing new AI techniques for improved security, health, and productivity. Applications include mental health detection, customer analytics, and crowd counting. Areas of interest include privacy-preserving technologies and efficient edge computing.
Moving vision in known and unknown area
Many moving platforms include video and lidar sensing. In collaboration with the CSIRO Data61 Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group, we are pushing the envelope in terms of efficient embedded AI for object/human detection, and 3D scenes understanding. Applications include autonomous driving, photo content tagging, navigation for robots, and precision farming.
Specialised imaging of known objects
Using video for measuring and detecting objects is a core sensing technique. We partner with external companies and CSIRO’s experts across multiple domains to develop AI-based techniques for quantifying and measuring information from videos and images. This includes several medical applications (e.g. MRI or Xray) in collaboration with our colleagues at the Australian e-Health Research Centre.
Augmented reality and virtual reality
Augmented reality is fast becoming an important technique to help computers and humans work seamlessly. We are investigating several applications with high potential to create economic value and augment human capability, including manufacturing, safety, and healthcare.