Flinders University students develop new technology to detect human life

Two Flinders engineering students have developed ground-breaking technology for detecting human life which uses remote cameras. The technology was developed as part of the students Masters thesis project and it is hoped that it could be used in disaster and war zones for rescue operations.

Students Laith Al-Shimaysawee and Ali Al-Dabbagh created a new algorithm for detecting people with thermal and colour cameras. It is thought that this is faster and more efficient than any other published technique. 

Many existing algorithms ‘train’ their systems using the same camera that they use for detection. However, in the students system the training samples (images of body shapes and poses which the system uses to compare and detect real life casualties) are independent of the camera in use, making it more versatile. 

The technology could be fitted to rescue assist robots to search for trapped people in unstable structures or used with military robots to increase vision for soldiers to identify the wounded in battlefield scenarios.

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