ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

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Gabrielle Bakker-Reynolds

Gabrielle is a Master of Information Technology student at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Hawkes Bay.
Finishing up the final year of the degree, the thesis portion of her research is concerned with examining how computer vision techniques can be used to support traffic flow analysis

A Traffic Management Prototype based on Computer Vision for Vehicle Detection and Tracking

Thursday 12:00pm - 12:30pm, CITRENZ (

Computer vision holds the capabilities of effectively performing tasks such as object classification and object recognition that the human visual system intuitively accomplishes. For this reason, computer vision is being increasingly employed as a tool to support and advance the management of traffic. Traffic management remains an issue in many regions of the world, due to numerous problems such as street obstacles, inefficient road signals, vehicles speeding, and underdevelopment of freeways.
Computer vision-driven systems have been developed to combat such problems, demonstrated by their role in e.g., travel assistance and navigation, parking management and enforcement, vehicle detection, real-Time traffic control, automated vehicle identification and license plate recognition. To help address present traffic concerns in New Zealand, this research project explores how computer vision can be applied to support traffic management systems by exploring the affordances and applicability of object recognition and object tracking for vehicles. Subsequently, this research project follows a design-based approach and is comprised of two sections. The first section posits the development of an effective computer vision-based framework and how a modern traffic management system can be developed. The next section concerns itself with implementation and testing of a computer vision-driven traffic management prototype in real-time. Finally, the implications for advanced computing education are discussed. Throughout the presentation, the authors will also cover the actual tools and devices used during the project.