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Develop innovative imaging solutions

The Vision Lab is a dedicated facility in our Glasgow office, helping businesses adopt or deliver innovative computer vision or imaging solutions.

Broadly speaking, machine vision is any computation involving visual content – images, videos, anything with pixels involved.

It’s the process of using machines to see, identify, analyse and understand imagery.

Any application that involves understanding pixels through software can be labelled as computer vision.

Computational processing of images has been around in some format since the 1960s. But recent advances in machine learning as well as leaps forward in data storage, computing capabilities and cheap, high-quality imaging devices have led to major improvements and new opportunities.

Commercial uses

The core techniques of computer vision, all of which have developed significantly in recent years, are:

  • Event detection
  • Object recognition
  • Object tracking
  • Motion estimation
  • Image classification
  • 3D reconstruction

Imaging systems

Read more about our expertise in imaging systems.

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These techniques can be used for many different applications in different environments, with the result that computer vision technology is well on the way to being ubiquitous:

Autonomous vehicles
Navigation, control, route planning, obstacle detection, traffic sign detection

The human face
Personal device access, targeted advertising, surveillance, biometrics, photo tagging

Gesture recognition and control, vision-based user inputs, action recognition, eye tracking

Predictive maintenance, package inspection, reading barcodes, track and trace, handwriting analysis

Medical Images
3D visualisation and animation, 3D image segmentation, tumour detection, medical diagnosis methods

Remote sensing
Land use recognition and identification, multi sensor fusion, crop detection, atmospheric visibility, pollution monitoring

Object detection, recognition and tracking, people counting, crime prevention, home security

Pedestrian detection, driver monitoring, lane alert, parking assistance, video-based tolling, number plate recognition, traffic surveillance.

Our capabilities

The hardware and software in the Vision Lab strengthens our technical capabilities in computer vision and related fields, and includes:

Development kits
For image sensing, machine learning

3D time of flight sensors
For industrial machine vision applications

For embedded vision applications

PCs – custom built and optimised
For image processing, machine vision and applications that require high processing speed

MVTec Halcon
A comprehensive standard software package for machine vision industries, with capabilities in areas such as analysis, matching, measuring, identification, 3D vision and deep learning algorithms.

News and views on imaging

Talk to us

We see lots of opportunities to use the lab for projects in image processing, machine vision, object detection and tracking, embedded vision, motion sensing, and machine learning.

In addition to helping companies develop new services or enhance existing products, we are interested in supporting non-technology organisations implement visioning technologies in the workplace.

Tell us about your imaging challenges, help us shape our workshop programme, and guide us in providing a service that will be useful to you.