Irish researcher wins award for pedestrian identification

An Irish researcher has been awarded a Gold Medal at the Young European Arena of Research 2012 competition by the EU Commission for his work developing systems for pedestrian identification.

Irish researcher wins award for pedestrian identification
Irish researcher wins award for pedestrian identification

An Irish researcher has been awarded a Gold Medal at the Young European Arena of Research 2012 competition by the EU Commission for his work developing systems for pedestrian identification.

NUI Galway researcher Anthony Winterlich works with the Connaught Automotive Research (CAR) group in the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway (Galway, Ireland).

Winterlich’s research involves the development of mathematical techniques which can be used to measure the quality of images produced by safety-related cameras found in modern cars.

“Once we can describe image and video quality by means of a ‘number’ we can then develop and evaluate techniques which will improve image quality by compensating for distortions that occur due to slight imperfections in the cameras or due to compression of the video images,” says Winterlich.

This is a topic of increasing importance in the automotive industry due to the growing use of car-mounted camera systems for driver assistance and other applications such as automatic pedestrian detection.

Financial support for Winterlich’s research is provided by Valeo Vision Systems (Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland) and the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) through the Enterprise Partnership Scheme.

-- by Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design

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