November 2013 

NICTA is a proud sponsor of the International Conference on Computer Vision – ICCV 2013, held 3-6 December at the Sydney Convention Centre. 


Held bi-annually, the ICCV is a top level conference in computer vision. This year, led by Prof. Fatih Porikli and Dr Nick Barnes, NICTA will host a strong delegation of researchers and PhD students to the event where we will be giving poster presentations, attending tutorials and conference streams. NICTA's Distinguished Researcher, Prof. Richard Hartley is Chair of the ICCV 2013 Committee along with Prof. Larry Davis,  University of Maryland.  

NICTA will also be demonstrating some of its latest technology at the ICCV including the latest advances in their Hyperspectral Imaging Project led by Dr Antonio Robles-Kelly. 

Prof. Faith Porikli Awarded Prestigious IEEE Fellowship 2014


Congratulations to Fatih Porikli who was elected an IEEE Fellow, effective Jan 1 2014.  This is a significant achievement in a research career, and well deserved recognition of Fatih's outstanding contribution to research.

The IEEE website says,"Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for one of the Association's most prestigious honours, elevation to IEEE Fellow.  Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation."


NICTA Trifecta at DICTA 2013

An impressive trifecta of three best paper awards were received by NICTA researchers and graduate researchers at the International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications (DICTA) which is the main Australian Conference on computer vision, image processing and pattern recognition areas. It is the premier event of the Australian Pattern Recognition Society (APRS). The award winners are (in no particular order):

  • Lin Gu, Cong Phuoc Huynh, Antonio won the APRS Best Student Paper Prize
  • Khurrum Aftab and Richard Hartley won the DSTO Best Fundamental Contribution to Image Processing Paper Prize
  • Sadeep Jayasumana, Richard Hartley, Mathieu Salzmann, Hongdong Li, Mehrtash Harandiwon the Canon Best Recognition Paper Prize 


August 2013

Congratulations to Cong, Mathieu, Adele and Yi on all of their promotions to senior. All are well deserved and have made their own strong contribution to NICTA and to the research community.

Thank You

CVRG was part of the demonstration displays as part of the ATP launch for NICTAs refunding. Our demonstrations from the bionic eye project were very well appreciated by the VIPs present. Thanks to David Feng for coming to Sydney to demonstrate. Thanks to Ashley for helping set us up for the day, and to the broader VIBE team, particularly those who ensure we have robust demos ready to go, Adele, Paulette, Ashley and Chris.
The Bionic Eye Event

Congratulations on a great event last night. Nick’s enthusiasm for the new developments in the project and his passion for the Computer Vision work that NICTA is doing with the BVA was contagious. The presentation was accessible and engaging – no easy feat for a hybrid audience of govt, academic and general public. (Clare Matuska, NICTA Communications).

The talk was a great way to increase NICTA awareness, get us in front of Canberra people, and also recognise our stakeholder’s roles. Nick's talk was excellent and pitched at exactly the right point, and I got very good feedback from attendees. (Phil Robertson, COO).
Thanks to Nick Barnes and his team in Canberra who hosted a public lecture on Thursday as part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations. The event was well attended and it was a great pleasure to see our research presented to the public. (BVA Internal Newsletter August).


AutoMap travelled to USA (Phoenix and San Francisco) for meetings with key partners and potential customers of our road asset detection software. We demonstrated a

beta of a "productified" version of our software which was received very well and which made us gain confidence that we are on the right track.

July 2013

Published in July 2013:

Augmenting intensity to enhance scene structure in prosthetic vision", by C. McCarthy, D. Feng and N. Barnes
The best paper award at the IEEE workshop on multi-modal and alternative perception for the visually impaired.


Steering Committees
Jose Alvarez Workshop Chair (organization)
Workshop in Colour and Photometry in Computer Vision (with ICCV 2013)
Antonio Robles-Kelly Exhibition and Demo Chair for ICCV Organising Committee 2013

Program/Technical Committees
Chris McCarthy Program committee member Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Osaka Japan
Jose Alvarez PC member Workshop on Computer Vision in Vehicle Technology: form Earth to Mars (ICCV Workshop) Sydney Australia

Standards Committee
Antonio Robles Kelly Standards Australia MS-065 Photography Committee Participating Member

New PhD Students commenced in July 2013
Dylan Campbell supervised by Lars Petersson
David Feng started formally as a PhD student supervised by Chris McCarthy.

Teaching Courses
Antonio Robles-Kelly, Image Processing and Enhancement ZEIT4226 UNSW@ADFA
Senator the Hon Kim Carr announced an extension of our funding until December 2014. This extension of the ARC’s Special Research Initiative will provide a further $8 million for our project.
Julie Ann Quinn, General Manager for Bionic Vision Australia and Tamara Brawn, Project Manager, visited BVA Team for morning tea Friday 12 July 2013 to discuss the update on the funding announcement and the implications for planning for 2014.
BVA QMS and risk workshop Monday 15 July 2013.
Nick Barnes attended BVA Planning Day Tuesday 30 July 2013 (Melbourne)

Seminars (July)
 Laurent Kneip Novel geometric solutions for robust and efficient visual odometry

CV Journal Club
Kernel Methods on Manifolds, Sadeep Jayasumana

NICTA Environmental Analytics Showcase

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EST) Brisbane, Queensland
NICTA’s Impact in Queensland Prof Peter Corke, Research Leader, Computer Vision, NICTA; and Professor, Robotics and Control, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Environmental computer vision is the application of computer vision to provide 24x7 "eyes" to assess the state of environments as diverse fields, forests, waterways and fish habitats.

Fish Surveillance in the Wild Chris McCool, Researcher, NICTA; and Researcher, Image and Video Laboratory, QUT Fish surveillance tools are being developed to allow large-scale sampling and monitoring of fish numbers and behaviour in-situ. It will provide government agencies, researchers, and the aquaculture industry with significantly more and consistent information about fish numbers, diversity and behaviour in order to make conclusions and decisions.

Hyperspectral Imaging Dr Antonio Robles-Kelly, Principal Researcher, NICTA Technology that quickly and accurately identifies materials and their components with applications in biosecurity such as quantitative detection of insect pests, plants, infected with disease, weed load, etc.


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