Design and Development of Algorithms for Vision Based Cognitive Surveillance (VBCS) System

Techno India University has bagged another externally funded project titled ‘Design and Development of Algorithms for Vision Based Cognitive Surveillance (VBCS) System for Sensitive Area Monitoring’ from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), one of the core research granting organizations of the government of India. This project has been sanctioned by DRDO Young Scientist Lab-Cognitive Technologies (DYSL-CT), IITM Research Park, Chennai. A seed money of INR 50 lakhs has been granted for the project for a span of 3 years.

The project is being conducted at Techno India University Campus under the supervision of Dr. Bidyut B. Chaudhuri, FNA, FNAE, FNASc, FIAPR, FTWAS, LFIEEE, Professor & Pro Vice Chancellor Techno India University, WB, Kolkata, formerly the founder head of Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. The project has been classified as a project of national importance and entails aspects of advanced intelligent computing.

The basic goal of the project is to develop smart software for visual intelligence generation from a dual camera (RGB and Infrared camera) captured image-pair of the same location. Such image-pairs will be snapped at different distances in various resolutions and on different dates having differing lighting and weather conditions by DYSL-CT lab, Chennai and ported to our lab for processing and final output. For taking the pictures, DYSL has also purchased a powerful dual-camera system which can produce video images too. Intelligence generation from Video images is included in the project plan. The processing will start with fusion of the RGB and Infrared images. Then adequate machine learning (including deep learning) based methods will be found to automatically detect and locate sensitive information for both still and video images, as required under this project.