INTERNSHIP - Simulating camera images using a physics engine

Domain
Information Technology
Market
Rail
Location

Izegem , Belgium

Televic GSP (Rail)

With over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and maintaining on-board communication and control systems, Televic Rail is a leading, trusted partner for railway operators and train builders worldwide.

Its Passenger Information Systems and Control Systems are high quality, tailor-made solutions that offer the flexibility, user-friendliness and stability that our clients ask for. Our various types of on-board control systems such as our bogie monitoring systems are innovative yet reliable products which are designed specifically for the railway business.

Trains and trams all around the world are equipped with Televic Rail solutions, from New Zealand to Canada, from China to the United States, from India to Belgium, England and France.

Topic

Data collection and labelling has always been a very time-consuming task. For this reason, Televic GSP is investigating different methods of autonomous collection, and autonomous labelling of data. One method of achieving this, is by creating accurate simulations of reality, which can then collect the data themselves.

The focus of this topic is simulating images filmed by a stationary camera. Most modern trains have a security camera somewhere in the compartment. These video fragments could be used for all sorts of analysis. However, to ensure a sufficiently large data set, and to safeguard the privacy of train personnel and passengers, a simulation could be used to create these video fragments instead.

The goal of this internship/thesis is to create a framework, with the help of a physics engine, in which multiple simulated objects can be placed. One of these objects would be a camera, which captures video fragments of whatever it's seeing at that moment. Other objects could be passengers, seats, different kinds of luggage, but also windows, or train doors. This way, it becomes possible to model different train environments. An important aspect of this framework is that the objects filmed by the simulated camera are automatically labelled in some way.

The scope of the topic depends on the context in which it is taken. In the context of an internship, we would require a proof-of-concept, which is presented as a demo. When the topic is chosen as a thesis, a deeper investigation into different ways of simulating this can be done, as well as a possible comparison between simulated fragments and real fragments.

Specifics

  • Level: Bachelor, Master
  • Specialty: IT    
  • Type of work: Research: 25%, Implem.: 25%, Experim.: 50%
  • Location: Televic, University
  • Type of activities: Experimenting, Implementation, Programming
  • Number of students: 1

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