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Creation of devices to support but not replace human eyes

2014.02.07

Unit Name:
Visual Information Media
Unit representative:
Professor Yuichi Ohta, Faculty of Engineering, Information and Systems

Unit members:
5 (5 faculty members, no postdoctoral fellows, none from other organizations)

Key words:
mixed reality, free-viewpoint video, augmented reality, computer vision, and computer graphics

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The sense of vision is believed to be the most important to acquire external information. Progress in visual information technologies integrating the most advanced computer vision and graphic systems has allowed us to see things that could not be seen in the past. The 3-D research unit: “Visual information media”, conducts research to create devices designed to support but not replace human eyes.

Free-viewpoint virtualized soccer stadium

Visual information media play an important role in improving the quality of our daily lives. These media combined with the most advanced computer technology realize new visual information media which can provide a 360-degree free view of a soccer stadium (Figure 1). The visual media can generate a real-time image as viewed from a given point by processing images from approximately ten cameras. This technology facilitates the providing of images that cover blind spots to help people make judgments.

Figure 1: New visual information media to allow users to view a soccer game from various angles

Figure 1: New visual information media to allow users to view a soccer game from various angles

AR technologies to support people!

The research unit also conducts research on augmented reality (AR). This technology is expected to augment the eyes of a person by superimposing virtual images generated using a computer on images of the real world (Figure 2). For example, when both your car at an intersection and a large truck in the opposite lane are going to turn right, you cannot see an automobile coming closer behind the truck. However, a camera focused on the intersection can provide drivers with images of automobiles in the opposite lane. The research unit also conducts experiments in actual environments, in addition to computer simulations, to develop information technologies.

Figure 2 : A view of the real world that is not possible with a normal field of view

Figure 2 : A view of the real world that is not possible with a normal field of view

Social contributions and achievements
● Research on the creation of free-viewpoint video (joint research with a private company)
● Organization of the 21st International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR2012)

(Interviewed on July 1, 2013)


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