Chris Henry



Master's Projects

1. Multinational License Plate Recognition

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2. Automatic trimap generation and artifact reduction

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Image Matting is an actively researched topic and refers to the accurate extraction of the foreground from an image. It is a severely under-constrained problem, hence, a user input in the form of a trimap is required. However, users must generate this trimap manually, which is an exhausting and time-consuming process. To tackle this issue, we propose a simple yet effective approach to generate optimal trimaps automatically by combining image saliency, graph cut segmentation (lazy snapping), and fuzzy c-means clustering (FCM). Lazy snapping is an interactive segmentation technique that requires foreground and background scribbles as input. Instead of using user-assisted foreground scribbles, we utilize a saliency map as foreground scribbles and input it to the lazy snapping. This results in a coarsely segmented foreground object. To generate an optimal trimap, we locally cluster the boundary region of the foreground segmentation using FCM. We tested our algorithm on alpha matting evaluation and salient object datasets. In addition to generating accurate trimaps automatically, the alpha mattes generated by our optimal trimaps contain fewer artifacts and were computed faster as compared to previous works. Finally, our approach does not rely on depth data like the previous methods.

3. Allergic Rhinitis Prediction based on Artificial Intelligence

A system based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) was developed to predict the likelihood of allergic rhinitis. The system can learn from weather and user data for a personalized prediction. Artificial Neural Network was used to predict the likelihood for patients who get affected immediately while Recurrent Neural Network was used for patients who get affected several days after bad weather conditions.

Side Projects

1. Vision-based Computer Mouse Control

This project can control a computer's mouse via user's pupil movement and eye blinking/winking. The target audience for this system are physically challenged people who are unable to use computer in the conventional way (mouse/keyboard). Users can move the mouse cursor via their pupil movements and can also clock left and right mouse button via eye winks.

2. Bike Fit Calculator

This project aims at improving the performance and efficiency of cyclists and preventing injuries. Bike fitting is the process of adjusting a bike for a cyclist in order to achieve optimal performance and efficiency. Incorrectly setting up a cycle can lead to injuries such as cyclist's palsy, cyclist back, and anterior knee pain. The developed system calculates the optimal saddle height for cyclists to avoid knee injuries. The system tracks markers on the cyclists and calculates the optimal saddle height by using various angle measurements.