Data fusion approaches for high-speed imaging in highly scattering media
This PhD project’s aim is to develop a low-power consumption, light-weight video imaging system that can measure in 3D continuously at speeds greater than 1000 frames per second. The goal is a system that can see through scattering media at high frames rates. The system will take advantage of the very latest developments in CMOS single-photon detector arrays and the very latest data fusion and non-local image processing algorithms. This unique combination hardware and processing will enable us to record high-resolution and continuous 3D images at frame rates greater than 1000 frames per second. The single photon sensitivity of the system will enable visualisation in degraded environments, e.g. fog, smoke, and snow. The high-frame rates and resolution that our system provides will lead to a transformation in three-dimensional imaging, opening applications in a wide range of sectors. Applications of the technology in the defence sector span, 3D ballistics testing, safety testing, tracking, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), autonomous vehicles, surveillance, land surveys, robotics, atmospheric monitoring, and prototyping and manufacturing.
The student should have a strong background in physics, engineering, or related subject. This is an experimental PhD with a strong requirement for skills in engineering and data processing. The student will be responsible for the development of the system and the and the implementation of the latest signal processing algorithms. Significant time in the PhD will be dedicated to field trials to test the system in real-life scenarios.
The PhD will be funded by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and will be placed in the Experimental Quantum Optics group at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. This group is led by Dr. Jonathan Leach. Please contact Dr. Leach at [Email Address Removed] for further details.
Funded by DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.
Long-range depth imaging using a single-photon detector array and non-local data fusion - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-44316-x
Single-photon sensitive light-in-fight imaging - https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms7021