Monday March 15, 2010

Penny for Your Thoughts

Vijayan Asari may someday not need a penny for your thoughts. He may already know who you are and what you're thinking because of his work with brain wave processing and automatic face detection, tracking and recognition.

Someday, the University of Dayton's newest researcher won't need a penny for your thoughts. Vijayan Asari may know already because of his work with brain wave processing for intention analysis.

There also could be a good chance Asari may know who is doing the thinking with his work in the areas of automatic face detection, tracking and recognition, and iris recognition.

"Vijay has performed extensive work in the area of face recognition and image enhancement," said Larrell Walters, director of the University of Dayton-led Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensor Technology. "He has been able to make items visible that are in shadows as well as eliminate rain from sensor images to obtain clearer images."

Asari, the University of Dayton's endowed chair in wide area surveillance and professor in electrical and computer engineering, is one of the University of Dayton's Ohio Research Scholars. He will contribute to a University of Dayton-led program worth nearly $24.3 million in partnership with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, Central State University and Miami University to develop the Ohio Academic Research Cluster for Layered Sensing within the Ohio Research Scholars Program. The cluster has 12 endowed chairs within an hour's drive of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Asari comes to the University of Dayton from Old Dominion University where he was the founding director of the Computational Intelligence and Machine Vision Laboratory. He holds two patents and has published more than 260 research papers, including 55 peer-reviewed journal papers. He also was a research fellow at the National University of Singapore where he led a research team for the development of vision-guided microrobotic systems. Asari's other areas of expertise include video stabilization, automatic vessel detection and identification, robotic navigation and visual data analysis.

"The selection of Dr. Asari points out the strength of the University of Dayton School of Engineering in attracting world-class talent. This will continue to strengthen the reputation of the department of electrical and computer engineering," University of Dayton School of Engineering Dean Tony Saliba said. "A strong academic program in related technology areas is fundamental to the success of the recently established Ohio Aerospace Hub for Innovation. The appointment of Dr. Asari will definitely strengthen the academic base and will significantly contribute to the development and success of the hub."

Mikhail Vorontsov, whom the University hired last year as the endowed chair in the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute, also is part of the layered sensing cluster. He is working on a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Army to examine how laser beams can transmit data over long distances and through various atmospheric conditions.

The University will hire two other scholars for the Ohio Academic Research Cluster for Layered Sensing.

Layered sensing puts multiple data from a group of sensors into one view. Sensors are used to generate and evaluate high-definition images for medical, law enforcement, geographic information services, environmental, agricultural, military and security applications.

The Ohio Research Scholars Program, jointly funded by the state’s Department of Development and Board of Regents, awarded grants in 2008 to Ohio universities to support research and commercialization in the areas of advanced materials, biosciences, information technology, power and propulsion, and instruments, controls and electronics.

The program is designed to attract senior research talent and develop facilities, equipment and partnerships to establish high-level research in the state. In turn, that research is to create commercially viable products and jobs for Ohioans.

The University of Dayton hired Heinz Robota as its first Ohio Research Scholar in October to work on an approximately $27.3-million project with the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University that will focus on aircraft propulsion systems, emissions, aerodynamics and heat transfer; and coal-to-fuel conversion and other alternative fuels research.

The University will hire another Ohio Research Scholar to assist The Ohio State University and the University of Akron with accelerating materials innovation. More than $18 million is slated for this partnership.

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