Object Detection

Development of a general feature extraction platform, and methods to automate data labelling and synthetic data generation, for image and image like data.

The Object Detection activity is developing domain-specific solutions as well as general methods addressing the need to detect data items of interest, or extract or estimate certain properties. Depending on the nature of the problem at hand it may fall into different categories.

For example, ML algorithms traditionally require large amounts of labelled data to learn from, and one of the categories, Small Data, concerns itself with inherently reducing the reliance on labelled data.

In contrast, the Synthetic Data category addresses a related problem by artificially producing more training data when the circumstances allow for modelling the data of interest appropriately.

A third category, Multimodal, leverages the fact that sometimes the information we need to detect/extract is spread across different complementary data streams.

In the case of the Temporal category, the information needed to identify what we are interested in is dispersed sequentially in the time domain and requires yet another approach.

The Object Detection Activity works with the CSIRO Business Units to identify projects aligned with these categories and to leverage synergies. The data-agnostic ML Core of the project is intended to ensure that learnings in one part of the activity are generalised and reusable in other parts.