Sound of Vision
Sound of Vision: natural sense of vision through acoustics and haptics (www.soundofvision.net)
Sound of Vision will design, implement and validate an original non-invasive system to assist visually impaired people in independent mobility. The system will create and convey a combined auditory-haptic representation of the surrounding environment. This representation will be created, updated and delivered to a blind person continuously and in real time. This system will help visually impaired people to navigate in indoor and outdoor spaces, without the need for predefined tags/sensors located in the surroundings.
Project team: prof. P. K. Strumiłło – leader; dr inż. Przemysław Brański; dr inż. M. Bujacz; dr inż. Paweł Poryzała, dr inż. Dariusz Rzeszotarski; dr inż. Piotr Skulimowski; mgr inż. Mateusz Owczarek, inż. Maciej Janeczek; inż. Katarzyna Sprawka
Years: 2015 – 2017
Project type: Horizon 2020, research and innovation grant
- Mateusz Owczarek , Piotr Skulimowski, Pawel Strumillo, Sound of Vision – 3D Scene Reconstruction from Stereo Vision in an Electronic Travel Aid for the Visually Impaired, In book: Computers Helping People with Special Needs, vol. 9759, pp. 35-42, June 2016, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41267-2_6
- Michal Bujacz, Karol Kropidlowski, Gabriel Ivanica, Alin Moldoveanu, Charalampos Saitis, Adam Csapo, György Wersenyi, Simone Spagnol, Omar I. Johannesson, Runar Unnthorsson, Mikolai Rotnicki, Piotr Witek, Sound of Vision - Spatial Audio Output and Sonification Approaches In book: Computers Helping People with Special Needs, vol. 9759, pp. 202-209, June 2016, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-41267-2_28
- Barański P., Strumiłło P. (2015) Emphatic trials of a teleassistance system for the visually im-paired, Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 1640-1651, doi:10.1166/jmihi.2015.1621, (IF=0,503)
- Skulimowski P., Strumiłło P. (2015) Verification of visual odometry algorithms with an OpenGL-based software tool, Journal of Electronic Imaging, vol. 24, no. 3, 033003, doi:10.1117/1.JEI.24.3.033003, (IF=0,67)
- Owczarek M., Barański P., Strumiłło P., (2015) Pedestrian tracking in video sequences: a particle filtering approach, Proceedings of the 2015 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 5, pages 875–881, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15439/2015F158
We have a long lasting expertise in designing and prototyping electronic systems with special emphasis on signal/image processing and analysis, real time DSP implementations, and pattern recognition. Our current research activities concentrate on:
- biomedical signal and image analysis,
- medical electronics,
- human computer-interaction,
- wearable computing,
The Institute regularly takes part in international cooperation programmes – COST, 7FP, Erasmus LLP, bilateral. We closely collaborate with industrial partners: Microsoft, Orange, PiProject, Satel, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Texas Instruments, TME, TomTom.
Our broadly recognized and highly valued activities in the field of research and development are focused on electronic and ICT systems in support of medical diagnosis and people with disabilities. We are particularly proud of our achievements in these fields.
We are creators of MaZda, a computer program for numerical analysis of biomedical images. It is currently used by hundreds of medical clinics and research centers as it was recognized to be a major achievement of the European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research program COST B11 Quantitation of Magnetic Resonance Image Texture. To objectively validate our methods of personalized blood vessels modelling on the basis of 3D image data, we developed an original computer-cluster framework for simulation of magnetic resonance angiography imaging.
By developing and implementing the global and local navigation system, which integrates GPS data with digital maps of the area and a network of the radio tags, we made it possible for blind people to get access to information on public transport and points of interest in a city. The image acquired by a stereovision camera is coded by special sound and touch interfaces to help them to move in unknown surroundings. The wireless multimedia connection to a remote guide enables them to move safely (www.naviton.pl).
A device to operate a computer directly with brain waves makes it possible for paralyzed people to use various appliances. B-link computer program, designed in the institute and implemented by Orange company, allows to operate a computer with eye blinks and helps to estimate the user’s fatigue.
The institute explores also the field of textronics. Monitoring the vital functions of those who work in extreme conditions, e.g. firefighters, is possible due to the radio sensor network integrated with their garment, which send data to the dispatch center.
Next, we are recognized worldwide as experts in the field of thermography and its applications. Our proprietary bolometric infrared camera is known for its high sensitivity, repeatability and resolution. Our staff provide expertise in assessing the thermal insulation of houses and the degree of damage to historic buildings. We also do research on non-invasive medical diagnosis techniques.
For fifteen years the institute has been developing and implementing complex IT solutions to support a university management system. We are a co-founder of the European Campus Card Association, a non-profit educational association that works to provide learning and networking opportunities for campus ID card and card industry professionals. Between 2009 and 2011, the Institute actively participated in developing a project European Education Connectivity Solution that aimed to provide standards, mobility and interoperability throughout the European campuses (EUNIS Elite Award 2012).
Our graduate programs emphasize the highest quality in education and research in the fields of electronics, telecommunications and biomedical engineering. Moreover, our research and teaching programs are enhanced by strong ties to research institutes and industrial partners. Due to their support, students are better prepared for a variety of careers as they gain work experience in our state-of-the-art laboratories in the course of their studies, including, an optoelectronic laboratory, a microprocessor systems laboratory, a PLC systems laboratory, a medical electronics laboratory, a radio communications, a software for mobile devices laboratory, and an industrial electronics laboratory.
The institute also closely interacts with Orange Labs in the project Telco 2.0 University that enables students to develop innovative telecommunication services in their own companies.
Texture analysis of Magnetic Resonance (MR) soft cheese images for cheese quality control
POLONIUM 3541/R02 Project (2001-2002)
Michal Strzelecki, Andrzej Materka (Institute of Electronics, TUL), Guylaine Collewet, François Mariette (Cemagref, Rennes, France)
New image analysis techniques to control food quality were developed. It was investigated whether texture parameters of MR soft cheese images could be used for monitoring of cheese ripening process. The main goal of the project, however was to develop the algorithms for texture analysis of MR soft cheese images. Various image processing techniques and MR acquisition protocols were tested.