Generating Heatmaps from Coordinates

In last week’s post I talked about plotting tracked customers or staff from video footage onto a 2D floor plan. This is an example of video analytics and data mining that can be performed on standard CCTV footage that can give you insightful information such as common movement patterns or common places of congestion at […]


Mapping Camera Coordinates to a 2D Floor Plan

Data mining is a big business. Everyone is analysing mouse clicks, mouse movements, customer purchase patterns. Such analysis has proven to give profitable insights that are driving businesses further than ever before. But not many people have considered data mining videos. What about all that security footage that has stacked up over the years? Can […]


Computer Vision on Mars

I was doing my daily trawl of the internet a few days ago looking at the latest news in artificial intelligence (especially computer vision) and an image caught my eye. The image was of one of the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) that landed on the Red Planet in 2004. Upon seeing the image I thought […]


Machines That Can Read Our Minds

Who here watches Black Mirror? Oh, I love that show (maybe except for Season 4 – only one episode there was any good, IMHO). For those that haven’t seen it yet, Black Mirror basically tries to extrapolate what society will look like if technological advances were to continue on their current trajectory. A few of […]


The Growth of Computer Vision in the Industry

I started out in computer vision in 2004. I was walking along the corridors of the computer science department at the University of Adelaide (in South Australia) looking at notices put up by lecturers advertising potential undergraduate thesis topics. There wasn’t much there for me until one particular topic caught my eye: developing a vision […]


Why is image processing so hard?

This is another post that has been inspired by a question posed in a forum: “What are the open research areas in image processing?”. My answer? Everything is still an open research area in image processing/computer vision! But why is this the case? You’d think that after decades of research we’d feel comfortable in saying […]