Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Architecture for Real-time Extraction of Extended Maximally Stable Extremal Regions

Brief

Enabling object tracking through scenes with large light intensity changes

Technology Overview

Visual surveillance of dynamic scenes is critically important for a broad range of applications. Architecture for real-time extraction of of maximally stable extended extremal regions (X-MSERs) has been developed. The system is comprised of a communication interface and processing circuitry configured in hardware to receive data streams of an intensity image and a depth image in real-time. The system determines X-MSER ellipses parameters based upon the strong extremal regions and X-MSER criteria.


Inventors
  • Andrzej Sluzek
  • Hani Saleh
  • Mohammed Elnaggar
  • Ehab Salahat
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides real-time extraction of X-MSERs
  • Requires low power consumption
  • Interfaces with various video formats
  • Commercially scalable
Market Application
  • Computer vision
  • Automated, intelligent surveillance systems (access control, crowd control, human detection and recognition, traffic analysis, detection of suspicious behaviors, vehicular tracking, detection of military targets)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle operation
  • Robotics
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,600,739

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

A Method for Removing Scholte Waves and Similar Ground Roll Type Waves from Seismic Sea Bottom Data in Shallow Waters  

Brief

Improves seismic data acquisition and processing

Technology Overview

Underwater seismic acquisition is a standard industry process to collect marine data. The developed method enables the processing of multi-component marine seismic data in order to estimate the properties of the seafloor and sensor calibration filters in a shallow water environment. The method applies a time-frequency-wave number transform on the acquired seismic sea bottom data and applies a time varying frequency-wave number filtering process to accurately process the seismic data.


Inventors
  • Karl-Andreas Berteussen
  • Yuefeng Sun
  • Z Zhang
Competitive Advantage
  • Removes Scholte waves and similar ground roll type waves from a seismic sea bottom data in shallow water
  • Provides reliable surface water analysis
  • Estimates the properties of the seafloor
  • Provides a method to dynamically analyze a surface wave spectrum over a period of time
Market Application
  • Marine seismic data
  • Seismic data acquisition and processing
  • Petroleum – estimating carbonate reservoirs
  • Geological modeling
  • Seafloor evaluations
Intellectual Property

U.S. 8,995,223

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Volatile Memory Erasure through Various Methods

Brief

Enhancing data security in cloud computing

Technology Overview

Critical security and data privacy issues can exist if the dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) content is not sanitized or wiped out before being allocated to a newly provisioned virtual machine in cloud computing. Various methods have been developed to erase volatile memory that is comprised of erasure circuitry that prevents refreshment of the memory upon occurrence of a predefined event by the randomization of data stored, by manipulating reference voltage, and by controlling refreshment of stored data.


Inventors
  • Baker Mohammad
  • Khaled Salah
  • Mahmoud Al Qutayri
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides a superior solution for zeroing out physical memory
  • Significantly reduces computational overhead costs when compared to other solutions
  • Shortens the termination time of machines so that freed resources can be allocated quickly to newly provisioned virtual machines
  • Increases availability of freed memory to be allocated to newly provisioned users
Market Application
  • Cloud computing
  • Volatile memory
  • Erasure circuitry
  • Data storage
Intellectual Property
  • U.S. 9,679,632
  • U.S. 9,792,977
  • U.S. 9,952,802
Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Hardware Architecture for Linear-time Extraction of Maximally Stable Extremal Regions

Brief

Improving object detection and tracking from video streams

Technology Overview

Visual surveillance of dynamic scenes is critically important for applications that range from computer vision to robotics to national security. Architecture for linear-time extraction of maximally stable extremal regions (MSERs) has been developed. The system is comprised of image memory, heap memory, a pointer array and processing hardware. The system can determine MSER ellipses based on the range of components and MSER criteria.


Inventors
  • Andrzej Sluzek
  • Hani Saleh
  • Mohammed Elnaggar
  • Ehab Salahat
  • Sohailah Makhmasi
Competitive Advantage
  • Detects, recognizes, and tracks objects from a video stream
  • Analyzes image pixels in the image memory using a linear-time MSERs algorithm to identify a plurality of components of the image
  • Requires low power consumption
  • Interfaces with various video formats
Market Application
  • Computer vision
  • Automated surveillance systems (access control, crowd control, human detection and recognition, traffic analysis, detection of suspicious behaviors, vehicular tracking, detection of military targets, pattern recognition)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle operation
  • Robotics
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,740,947

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Object Detection and Tracking Using Depth Data

Brief

Improving the vision of computers and robots

Technology Overview

Extracting affine-invariant regions and features from image data is used in numerous computer vision and robotic applications. The developed output detection and tracking method involves the receipt of depth image data corresponding to a depth image view point relative to objects detected. With the method, a series of binary threshold depth images are formed from the depth image data to detect and/or track the object.


Inventors
  • Andrzej Sluzek
  • Hani Saleh
  • Mohammed Elnaggar
  • Ehab Salahat
Competitive Advantage
  • Reliably and efficiently identifies features in image data 
  • Enables much faster, less hardware demanding, and more convenient to handle for real-time object detection and/or tracking
  • Provides detection and/or tracking of multiple objects 
Market Application
  • Computer vision
  • Robotic applications (image recognition and retrieval, mosaicking, three-dimensional reconstruction, robot navigation)
  • Object detection/object tracking
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,639,951

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Hardware Architecture for Real-Time Extraction of Maximally Stable Extremal Regions

Brief

Achieving real-time video analysis

Technology Overview

Object detection, recognition, and tracking from a video stream is critically important for applications that range from computer vision to robotics to national security. Hardware architecture for real-time extraction of maximally stable extremal regions (MSERs) has been developed to improve image extraction. The system is comprised of a communication interface and processing circuitry configured in hardware to receive data streams and extract MSERs in real-time.


Inventors
  • Andrzej Sluzek
  • Baker Mohammad
  • Hani Saleh
  • Mahmoud Al Qutayri
  • Mohammed Elnaggar
  • Ehab Salahat
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides real-time extraction of MSERs
  • Requires low power consumption
  • Interfaces with various video formats
  • Commercially scalable
Market Application
  • Computer vision
  • Automated surveillance systems (access control, crowd control, human detection and recognition, traffic analysis, detection of suspicious behaviors, vehicular tracking, detection of military targets)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle operation
  • Robotics
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,489,578

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Human Eye Controlled Computer Mouse Interface

Brief

Effective and reliable hands-free control of a computer mouse

Technology Overview

Use of a computer is challenging for some individuals with physical disabilities due to the inability to manipulate the computer mouse. The developed computer eye controlled computer mouse interface could enable manipulation of the mouse without requiring sophisticated hardware. The interface is comprised of a camera, a display, memory, and a processor with  data acquisition, calibration function, eye detection, face detection, and gaze mapping functionality.


Inventors
  • Harish Bhaskar
  • Youssef Iraqi
  • Sultan Al Sharif
Competitive Advantage
  • Controls the selection, movement, and manipulation of objects
  • Initiates mouse clicks based on user behavior
  • Provides the user with a cost effective, reliable, and easy-to-use solution
  • Can accommodate for small movements of the pupil or changes in the target’s position
Market Application
  • Computing
  • Computer mouse
  • Aids for individuals with physical disabilities
  • Hands-free devices (eye controlled)
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,075,453

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Architecture and Method for Real-time Parallel Detection and Extraction of Maximally Stable Extremal Regions

Brief

Enhancing real-time video analysis

Technology Overview

Object detection, recognition, and tracking from a video stream is critically important for applications that range from computer vision to robotics to national security. Architecture for real-time parallel detection and extraction of maximally stable extremal regions (MSERs) has been developed. The system is comprised of a communication interface and processing circuitry configured in hardware to receive data streams and extract MSERs in real-time.


Inventors
  • Andrzej Sluzek
  • Baker Mohammad
  • Hani Saleh
  • Mahmoud Al Qutayri
  • Mohammed Elnaggar
  • Ehab Salahat
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides real-time extraction of MSERs
  • Receives a real-time image data stream and provide labels for light and dark image regions within the intensity image that match a given intensity threshold during a single processing pass
  • Requires low power consumption
  • Interfaces with various video formats
Market Application
  • Computer vision
  • Automated surveillance systems (access control, crowd control, human detection and recognition, traffic analysis, detection of suspicious behaviors, vehicular tracking, detection of military targets)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle operation
  • Robotics
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,311,555

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Machine-Based Patient-Specific Seizure Classification System

Brief 

Reducing the impact of seizures in epilepsy patients

Technology Overview

The occurrence of random and sudden seizures in epilepsy patients can be stressful and potentially dangerous. The machine-based patient-specific seizure classification system could detect seizure precursors and potentially suppress the seizures. The system-on-chip (SoC) includes a hardware-efficient log-linear engine to realize non-linear support vector machine-based seizure detection. Also, the system enables multi-channel electroencephalography data acquisition and storage.


Inventors
  • Jerald Yoo
  • Muhammad Altaf
Competitive Advantage
  • Enables detection of seizure precursors with potential treatment to suppress the seizures
  • Achieves high accuracy (>95%) with low false alarms
  • Minimizes seizure detection delay
  • Could improve treatment outcome in epilepsy patients
Market Application
  • Medical devices
  • Electronics
  • Patient monitoring and treatment
  • System-on chip for detecting and treating a medical condition
  • Epilepsy
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,848,793

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae

Systems and Methods for Analyzing Charts/Graphs

Brief

Eliminates manual and inaccurate data extraction

Technology Overview

Charts and graphs are frequently utilized by scientists and engineers to present and interpret data. The systems and methods developed enable data extraction from charts and graphs to provide a usable format for further data analysis/interpretation.


Inventors
  • Alaeddine Mokri
  • Mahieddine Emziane
Competitive Advantage
  • Provides scientists and engineers with a quick and accurate approach to analyze data from charts/graphs
  • Enables data extraction from multiple charts/graphs
  • Enables analysis of multiple variables at the same time
  • Eliminates manual measurement/calculations
Market Application
  • Data analysis/interpretation
  • Review of scientific literature/journals
  • Engineering/construction applications
Intellectual Property

U.S. 9,361,713

Contact

ip@ku.ac.ae