Thesis Topic Details

Topic ID:
3517
Title:
The Bionic Eye: Android portable vision processor
Supervisor:
Gregg Suaning
Research Area:
Computer graphics and programming, Biomedical Engineering, Image Processing
Associated Staff
Assessor:
Mark Zapf
Topic Details
Status:
Active
Type:
R & D
Programs:
CS CE BIOM BINF SE
Group Suitable:
Yes
Industrial:
No
Pre-requisites:
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Description:
Previous research presented light-weight, wearable devices for image processing in visual prostheses. Yet, there were limitations in camera resolution, data transfer speed between camera and processor as well as hardware upgrade potential due to hardware design. Recently, it has been demonstrated that a low-cost, commercially available, portable device based on an Advanced Risc Machine (ARM) processor as used in mobile phones was powerful enough to perform image processing tasks that could drive a 98 electrode visual prosthesis with meaningful data, thereby producing interpretable visual output. It seems interesting whether such an ARM device is capable of perform more complex image processing such as real-time face detection. Moreover, with the recent advances, widespread use and growing versatility of mobile computer technology, particularly of mobile phones, it is thinkable that recent ARM-powered mobile devices could substitute specialized hardware packages for image processing tasks in prosthetic vision.
In this project, the student will install image processing software on recent Android phones. He/she will test the performance of the software in processing image input of different types using several processing techniques. The quality of the extracted information in producing meaningful vision will be investigated using a technical interface which has been developed to simulate the tools a physician may require to test and configure an actual device once implanted in a patient. Following this, insights will be gained whether recent mobile devices can serve as external image processors for bionic vision, and about the hardware requirements and adjustments necessary to realise this.
This study is closely related to other currently running projects.
Comments:
involves writing programs and modifying existing ones in Java, C++ or C#.
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