Visual Cortex On Silicon

Visual Cortex On SiliconAn NSF Expedition in Computing


Visual Cortex on Silicon visits Capitol Hill

The Visual Cortex on Silicon team were invited to demonstrate their project at the 22nd annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibition.

Team at Capitol Hill
Visual Cortex on Silicon Team with visitors at Capitol Hill

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Third Eye Project - HCI User Design

Penn State researcher stresses the need to involve end users during design phase Watch the video here.

Mind's Eye

Designers of a machine vision system tackle a big question: can we make see what we see? Read the full article here.

Shopping through the lens of IT

Standing in the grocery store, you scan the peanut butter jars looking for the one on your list. Your eyes flit from label to label until they land on the familiar red, blue and green jar, and you reach to pick it up and place it in your cart. Then, it’s on to the next item on your list. Read the full article here.

More than meets the eye

Computers can see, but can they understand what they're looking at? Read the full article here.

Camera designed to help the visually impaired

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MDL group hosts high school scholars for research internship

Two local high school students participated in a summer research internship in the MDL lab over the summer. Their efforts, supported as part of the ASSIST program, focused on the collection and anaylsis of data to be used in user- and consumer-assist systems and applications.

MDL Group and High School Scholars
Picture of the MDL Group with High School Scholars

Academic and industrial reasearchers meets MDL group

Dr. Yukoh Matsumoto, President and CEO of TOPS Systems Corp., and Dr. Preeti Ranjan Panda, Professor from IIT Delhi visited the MDL lab at PSU.

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Picture of the group and visitors

Strongly interacting electrons in wacky oxide synchronize to work like the brain

Current computing is based on binary logic -- zeroes and ones -- also called Boolean computing, but a new type of computing architecture stores information in the frequencies and phases of periodic signals and could work more like the human brain using a fraction of the energy necessary for today's computers, according to a team of engineers.

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Smart Cameras developed as part of NSF Expedition project help children explore engineering

Exploration-U is an annual free event for the general public in State College. Held on March 25, 2014, the event had 465 children and 303 adults visit the fair. Microsystems Design Lab co-directed by Profs. Irwin and Narayanan participated at this year’s event. The MDL group members demonstrated some of the applications from the embedded systems and nano-devices perspective with hands-on activities for the children. Several demonstrations based on the ongoing National Science Foundation (NSF) Expeditions in Computing ‘Visual Cortex on Silicon’ project was showcased at the event. Partners from York College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Greg Link and his group also presented additional demos developed as part the NSF award at this event.

One of the demos involved recognizing some favorite cartoon characters by showing a picture postcard in front of a camera. The computer processes the image and scans its database to reproduce the best match and also produces detailed information about the character. The development was led by Dr. Kevin Irick, also from the MDL lab.

Another demo involved showcasing a real-time visual attention model running on an embedded platform. Parents and kids were intrigued with regards to how the most important objects in the video were being displayed automatically.

Another demo involved using hand gestures to create a solar system. This was possible with the help of our industrial partner Intel’s Software Development Kit and an Interactive Gesture camera. Kids were then asked to name the largest planet, name all the planets in order from their proximity to the sun, etc.

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L to R: Siddharth Advani and Dr. Kevin Irick, look on as children participate in hands-on activities with the solar system.