A new research chair in computer vision at ÉTS

Designing specialized algorithms in the field of computer vision

Thursday, May 19, 2022
christian desrosiers
Christian Desrosiers.

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), in collaboration with Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd, recently created the Matrox Imaging Industrial Research Chair in Computer Vision for Industrial Applications to help companies forge their own space within the global computer vision market.

According to Christian Desrosiers, holder of the new Chair and Co-Director of the Imaging, Vision and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIVIA) at ÉTS: “The objective of our research is to design specialized algorithms in the field of computer vision that will perform well even with a limited quantity of annotated data. We are also aiming to ensure that these algorithms can adapt quickly to various environments and conditions.”

It is worth noting that, considering escalating demand in the areas of automation, inspection, and connected objects, the international market for computer vision is expected to growth at an annual rate of 26.3% by 2026. Computer vision will also be called upon to play a major role in the field of medical imaging.

However, improvements must be made to learning techniques based on deep neural networks, otherwise known as deep learning, in order for computer vision to attain its full potential and to facilitate the transfer from research to industry.

These improvements are required on multiple fronts, including mass data-collection and labelling. These two tasks, often carried out manually, require considerable effort on the part of the teams involved. The collection of labelled images is particularly complex for under-represented categories of data, such as anomalies, which are crucial to the design of inspection systems.

In addition, the research team is working to create new object recognition models capable of processing 2D images and 3D point clouds at the same time, thus enhancing performance by combining the two types of data. They are also focused on developing an optical character recognition (OCR) system that is capable of dynamically integrating rules for the models to be recognized and adapting to character fonts that were not encountered during training.

Finally, in light of the current labor shortage, the Chair plans to train highly skilled personnel to help fill a real need in industry. The research team, which comprises post-doctoral fellows and students at the graduate and post-graduate levels, will have an opportunity to exchange knowledge with their industrial partners, especially since some members of the team will eventually join these companies.

About Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd

For more than 45 years, Matrox has been a trusted supplier of machine vision software, smart cameras, 3D sensors, and other hardware related to artificial vision for a number of industrial sectors, including automobile manufacturing, food production, and electronic component manufacturing.

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