Australian Centre for Visual Technologies Blog

Modelling Protector
November 20, 2013, 9:08 am
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HMCS Protector was the only boat in South Australia’s navy for much fo the time before federation.

We have a great project with the SA Maritime Museum to develop technologies for making 3D models of objects from historic photos, and much of the work centres on the Protector.  There are in fact a number of historical photos of the boat, but each one is in a different location, and with a different camera.  More interestingly, the shape of the boat changes over time too.

As part of the project I went to Heron Island, where Protector is now a breakwater, to capture some footage to make models from.

I’ve put some of the models we’ve made thus far on youtube.

New ACVT web site
February 19, 2011, 9:41 am
Filed under: ACVT, news

The new ACVT web site is up and running here.

It has a blog, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with this one now, but I guess I’ll see how it pans out.

ACVT Discovery Grant success
October 25, 2010, 4:55 pm
Filed under: news, research

Profs David Suter and Anton van den Hengel were both awarded ARC Discovery Grants to begin in 2011.  They are:

  • Computer vision from a multistructural analysis framework, Prof D. Suter.  Computer vision has applications in a wide variety of areas: security (video surveillance), entertainment (special effects), health care (medical imaging), and economy (improved automation and consumer products). This project will improve the accuracy and reliability of such applications. Advances will also lead to new products and industries.
  • Added depth: automated high level image interpretation, Prof Anton J van den Hengel, Prof Philip Torr, Dr Simon M Lucey, Humans are very good at understanding the world through imagery, but computers lack this fundamental capacity because they lack experience of what they might see. This project will provide this experience by combining the large volumes of imagery on the Internet with three dimensional information generated by humans for other purposes.

Pearcey Foundation Award
October 25, 2010, 10:51 am
Filed under: commercialisation, news

Prof Anton van den Hengel won the South Australian Pearcey Foundation Award for 2010.  The other state winners announced thus far are Lars and Jens Rasmussen, who have won the 2010 NSW Pearcey Award.  From the Peacey Foundation web site:

The 2010 South Australian Pearcey Foundation Award was presented to Dr Anton van den Hengel, inventor of the Videotrace image modelling system and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. The presentation was made by Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation, at a ceremony held this evening in the Adelaide Festival Centre. The award is made annually to a younger person in mid-career who is running a risk and making a difference in the ICT industry.

Anton accepting Pearcey Foundation Award

“Allowing unskilled computer users to create 3D models of objects around them, has translated into users being able to generate content for virtual environments such as Second Life and Google Earth – that this globally used software was invented right here in Adelaide by Anton and his team at Adelaide University, illustrates why Anton has been recognised through this most prestigious award” commented Brenda Aynsley, Chairman of the Pearcey Foundation selection committee for South Australia.

In addition to his academic role, Anton is also heavily involved with Snap Surveillance, a start-up company he established to commercialise another invention associated with surveillance camera technology as well as the Australian Centre for Visual Technologies, an academic centre in Adelaide focussed on innovation in the production and analysis of visual digital media, counting global companies such as BHP Billiton as users of their technologies. Ms Aynsley also announced that this evening’s winner will be a finalist in a new Pearcey National Award sponsored by CSIRO. The winner of this new award, to be presented for the first time in 2011, will be drawn from each of the 2010 Pearcey State Award winners.

About the Pearcey Foundation

Founded in memory of Trevor Pearcey, who built Australia’s first and the world’s fourth programmable digital computer, CSIRAC, in Sydney in 1949, the foundation is a group of concerned individuals fostering the aims and achievements of the Australian ICT industry. Celebrating its 61st anniversary this year, CSIRAC is the oldest surviving computer in the world. The Pearcey Foundation’s objective is to reinforce the recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s ongoing contribution to the development and growth of our ICT professions, research and industry.

For more information on the South Australian Pearcey Awards please visit or call Ms Brenda Aynsley on 0412 662 988

ISMAR Paper Prize
October 21, 2010, 9:40 am
Filed under: publications, research

The paper Real-time Modelling for AR Applications won second prize in the best paper awards at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2010 in Seoul, Korea.

The paper describes a method for generating 3D models of objects which requires minimal user interaction.  The motivation was the desire to allow users to create special effects to video as it is captures.  The interface is thus suitable for implementation on a video camera or phone.

The video shows the technique being used to copy and paste real objects in live video.  The user can thus indicate the object they are interested in, and then indicate where they’d like it to appear.  The system models the object and renders it where it needs to be, all as the video is being captured.

The slides for the ISMAR talk are available here.

3D User-Created Content in Saarbruecken
September 15, 2010, 7:24 pm
Filed under: news

Well actually Anton van den Hengel gave a talk at the Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and Communication in Saarbreuken (Germany) about 3D User-Created Content (3DUCC).   Anton was in Saarbrueken visiting the Computer Graphics Department of Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik there, and particularly the group of Dr. Thorsten Thormaehlen.  Thorsten was instrumental in the development of Videotrace while doing a post-doc in Adelaide.

The talk followed the theme being developed on Anton’s blog, that 3DUCC tools are critical to the success of current and future explorations into 3D content delivery.  Effectively the message is that having the content delivery technologies sorted out doesn’t help much if there’s no way to creat the content to send.  The list of 3D systems that have failed to meet their full potential due to the lack of 3DUCC tools continues to grow (VRML, SGI, Google Earth, Second Life, VR Caves, and so many more).    The next big one seems to be 3DTV, which seems bound to follow the same path unless better content creation tools can be developed quickly.

Adelaide Graduate Research Scholarships (AGRS) for international students
August 31, 2010, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Opennings

In addition to the University of Adelaide’s international scholarship program there are now available a number of AGRS Scholarships may be available for international students from any country, who have recently graduated from the University of Adelaide, to undertake postgraduate research at the University of Adelaide in 2011.

Eligibility Criteria: In order to be eligible for consideration a student must:

  • be completing their four year undergraduate degree including first class honours in a research based honours program or masters degree with a sufficient research component to be approved by the Research Education Development Committee as a degree acceptable for entry to the PhD. ie a Masters degree including a minimum of 12 points of research at the University of Adelaide in 2010 OR have completed the above in 2009;
  • be eligible to enrol as a commencing student in a full-time postgraduate research program at the University of Adelaide in 2011
  • be an international student; and
  • not be currently enrolled in the higher degree by research program at the University of Adelaide for which the student is applying for a scholarship
  • Currently enrolled PhD students and applicants who applied in previous AGFS/AGRS scholarship rounds are not eligible to apply again.

Recipients MUST be able to commence their research program by 31 August 2011. Under no circumstances can the scholarship be deferred to 2012.

Benefits: Benefits are payment of full tuition fees for the normal duration of the program and an annual living allowance ($22,500 in 2010). The allowance will be paid for two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a Doctoral research degree (an extension is possible for doctoral programs only). No other allowances will be paid. The scholarship does not provide an OSHC allowance.

Closing Date: Applications close on 29 October 2010. We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications at the scholarship application deadline will not be considered for a scholarship.

For more information about conditions, application procedures and to access the application forms and referee report forms.

If you have any questions please contact
Janelle Palmer
International Research Scholarships Officer
830 36491

ACVT wins content-based image search CTD
August 18, 2010, 6:10 pm
Filed under: ACVT, news, research

The ACVT has been successful in attracting a Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program award from the Federal Government and DSTO.

The award supports the development of a technology demonstrator based on ACVT’s existing capabilities in in content-based image retrieval.  Content-based image retrieval allows large image databases to be searched on the basis of the images themselves.   It means that you can use images to search for images.  If you have a picture of what you’re looking for, you can retrieve all of the similar images out of the database.

The effect of the capability is that it allows a small number of people to search a vast database of images for the content they are interested.  The alternative is really just that they look at random images hoping to find something.

There’s a story about it in the Australian.

Punchcard wins at Tech23
July 20, 2010, 11:09 am
Filed under: commercialisation, news

Punchard, the company commercialising Videotrace, has been selected as one of the 23 ICT companies to participate in this year’s Tech23 event.

Tech23 is run by Slattery IT, and offers 23 of Australia’s most innovative companies a five-minute time-slot to show off their business model to an audience of 400+ potential investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and customers.

Videotrace wins iAward
July 9, 2010, 3:06 pm
Filed under: commercialisation, news

Videotrace and Punchcard, the company commercialising it won the Research and Development category of this year’s South Australian iAwards.  

iAwards Winner Logo

The iAwards are Australia’s premier technology innovation awards program.  The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has hosted the awards for 16 years, with this year’s awards sponsored by Fujitsu, KPMG, IBM, and Microsoft, amongst others.