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Scientists threatened with legal action over lie detector article

Author:nick @ January 29th, 2009 Leave a Comment

Francisco Lacerda, a professor of phonetics at Stockholm University, is one of two scientists threatened with legal action after the publication of a scientific article condemning the use of lie detectors. The Israeli company Nemesysco, which manufactures detectors, has written in a letter to the researchers’ publishers that the researchers may be sued for libel if they continue to write on this subject in the future.

Article: http://www.su.se/english/about/news_and_events/scientists_threatened_with_legal_action

Robo Cop

Author:movellan @ January 23rd, 2009 1 Comment

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,482084,00.html

Toyota’s Driver Drowsiness Detector

Author:nick @ January 23rd, 2009 Leave a Comment

Toyota has patented a driver drowsiness detector. It looks like it is based on analysis of the driving itself, not computer-vision based analysis of the driver.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16478-invention-sleepy-driver-sensor.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news

WillowGarage ROS

Author:nick @ January 20th, 2009 Leave a Comment

I have been reading the overview of the Willow Garage Robot Operating System. If it lives up to its promise, it sounds like it almost perfect for our needs, and we may want to consider trying it for our latest projects.

It has the following advantages:

  • Cross platform
  • Cross language (currently C++/Python, Java coming “soon”)
  • Publish/Subscribe architecture
  • Nodes talk directly to each other
  • Multiple data passing methods (tcp/udp/shared memory) as appropriate
  • Automatic bookkeeping of all publishers/subscribers

An overview is available:

http://pr.willowgarage.com/wiki/ROS/Overview

CRV Conference

Author:movellan @ January 14th, 2009 Leave a Comment

CALL FOR PAPERS
Sixth Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV’09)

http://www.computerrobotvision.org

Kelowna, British Columba, CANADA
May 25-37, 2009
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THE SIXTH CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER AND ROBOT VISION (CRV’09)
will be held on May 25-27, 2009, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Held jointly with the Graphics Interface 2009 (GI) and the Artificial
Intelligence 2009 (AI) conferences, a single registration will permit
attendees to attend any talk in the three conferences (CRV, GI, AI),
which will be scheduled in parallel tracks.

CRV seeks contributions of complete, original research papers on any
aspect of computer vision, robot vision, robotics, medical imaging,
image processing or pattern recognition. CRV provides an excellent
environment for interdisciplinary interaction as well as for
networking of students and scientists in computer vision, robotic
vision, robotics, image understanding and pattern recognition. In
addition to the regular sessions, there will be three invited
speakers. Four paper awards will be presented: one for the best
overall paper, one for the best paper with a student as first author,
and area awards for the best paper in vision and robotics.

For more detailed information, please consult the CFP at the following
URL: http://www.computerrobotvision.org/cfp.html.

IMPORTANT DATES
Paper Submission Deadline 30 January 2009
Acceptance/Rejection notification 20 February 2009
Revised camera-ready papers due 6 March 2009

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
Program Co-Chairs
Frank Ferrie, McGill University
Mark Fiala, Ryerson University

More information about the conference can be found at the main site

http://www.computerrobotvision.org

The Mystery of the Yellow Line

Author:movellan @ January 9th, 2009 Leave a Comment

Here (mplab blog) is a video of the technology used to superimpose the yellow line in american football games.

Wireless Webcam gets Macworld “Best of Show”

Author:nick @ January 8th, 2009 Leave a Comment

Ecamm Network has started producing wireless web cams that communicate to your computer via bluetooth. Resolution is 640×480, battery is 4 Hours, size is 2″x2.5″x0.625″, price is $150.

In the future, I expect these technologies will improve across all dimensions. We may want to keep our eye on them and decide when they become useful for us.

http://www.bt-1.com/