The intention of the ECV project is to join research activities in the field of computer vision and embedded system platforms. The key goal is to strengthen the cooperation between academia and economy. Based on the existing structures of the Kplus competence center Advanced Computer Vision and the competencies in the Austrian Research Centers, further competencies from companies and research institutions shall be brought together. The project aims to perform high quality and long-lasting industrial research clearly focused in a defined technological scope.

A group of industrial and scientific partners co-operates within the COMET K-project to research and develop new methods and procedures within the field of computer vision and embedded system design in a synergistic way. The following advantages exist:
  •  All partners develop a detailed knowledge of problems related to the application of computer vision and embedded systems design and thus establish a lead towards local and global competitors and strengthen their own competitiveness.
  • The industrial partners get access to new methods and procedures, based on which new, competitive products can be developed.
  • The scientific partners receive feed-back concerning the practical relevance of their research. University institutes can integrate their students into the industrial research area (diploma theses, doctoral theses).
  •  Through the cooperation within the project sustainable networks shall be established, which will strengthen the competitiveness of the involved partners.

The long-term goal is to establish a powerful consortium of international importance and reputation in cooperation with industrial and academic partners.

ECV shall develop outstanding core competencies in clearly defined areas. These core competencies shall be applied by the partners in industrial projects and products in selected market segments. ECV shall play a relevant role as an instrument of Austrian technology policy, contributing to (i) an increase in Austrian high-tech products, (ii) increased research efforts of Austrian companies, and (iii) increased cooperation between academia and industry. The consortium includes acknowledged research institutions, seeking to further enhance their capabilities to contribute to the excellences of the Austrian research landscape. The consortium’s long-term goal is to become an outstanding R&D provider of embedded-based vision technology in Europe.

The consortium aims to join competencies in an uniquely defined technological scope, namely the analysis of video signals using efficient methods and embedded systems. It aims at high-quality industrial research in cooperation of industry, universities and non-university research organizations following the successful path of the existing competence center ACV.

According to the partner’s wish of a possible simple and flexible structure (consortium agreement, simple governance) the K-project line has been selected. As soon as the technologies further evolve, a perspective to even higher international visibility in the long-term may be possible.

The link between computationally demanding algorithms for video signal processing and the ability to develop real-time systems is sought after within many innovative application fields that are tackled by the industrial partners, like industrial inspection, automotive or surveillance systems. The technological challenges that are relevant in different markets shall be addressed:

Automotive market - Systems for autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance. Image processing systems need to be robust and the execution of the methods shall be in real-time. Therefore, advanced computer vision methods need to be developed in accordance with the tools and methods to transfer those methods into real-time and low-cost hardware systems. This field is starting to evolve dynamically; specific scientific workshops  and major conferences start to treat related topics driven by a large market potential.
Surveillance market – Video surveillance systems on embedded platforms [36],[37]. Safety and security issues are emerging and the need for reliable systems, e.g. for automatic event detection or human behavior recognition is increasing. Therefore, the transfer of existing algorithms and the development of new algorithms for embedded surveillance systems shall result in new devices which are autonomous, cost effective, easy to deploy and distributable within the surveillance scenario.
Inspection market – Systems for quality control and failure detection. Automation of quality control and automatic failure detection is a growing field, still. Innovative advances allow for quality control in areas where this has not been possible before. Images are obviously one main source of information that needs to be deeply investigated. In particular needs to embed computer vision systems directly (via complete embedded systems and not by integrating a PC) into the production process are rising. For specific applications the combination with acoustic data can be very useful to classify a product or the process quality (e.g. in the welding process) or to detect failures and shall also be investigated in the proposed research program.
Research activities are derived from major industrial needs of Austrian companies and are suited to the main research activities within the scientific partners.