Section: Other Grants and Activities
National Grants and Collaborations
Pulsar Team has six national grants: the two first ones concern the implication of the team in a “pôle de compétitivité” and an ANR project on videosurveillance. Two projects concern long term people monitoring at home. We continue both our collaboration with INRA and our collaboration with STmicroelectronics. We also continue our collaboration with Ecole des Mines de Paris.
SYSTEM@TIC SIC Project
Pulsar is strongly involved in SYSTEM@TIC “pôle de compétivité” and in particular in the SIC project Sécurité des Infrastructures Critiques which is a strategic initiative in perimeter security. More precisely the SIC project is funded for 42 months with the industrial partners including Thales, EADS, BULL, SAGEM, Bertin, Trusted Logic.
Pulsar is participating to an ANR research project on intelligent video surveillance and people biometrics. The project lasts 3 years and will be over on February 2011. The involved partners are: Thales-TSS, EURECOM, TELECOM and Management SudParis, UIC, Metro of Paris (RATP), DGA, STSI.
BioSERRE: Video Camera Network for Early Pest Detection in Greenhouses
Pulsar cooperates with Vista (INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique), INRA Avignon UR407 Pathologie Végétale and CREAT Research Center (Chambre d'Agriculture des Alpes Maritimes) in an ARC project (BioSERRE) for early detection of crop pests, based on video analysis and interpretation.
MONITORE: Real-time Monitoring of TORE Plasma
Pulsar is involved in an Exploratory Action called MONITORE for the real-time monitoring of imaging diagnostics to detect thermal events in tore plasma. This work is a preparation for the design of the future ITER nuclear reactor and is done in partnership with the Plasma Facing Component group of the IRFM/CEA at Cadarache. This action is supported by EFDA (European Fusion Development Agreement) through a research fellowship attributed to V. Martin. Pulsar, through this action, is also a membership of the FR-FCM (french federation for research on controlled magnetic fusion).
Long-term People Monitoring at Home
Pulsar has a collaboration with CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) and the Nice City Hospital (Groupe de Recherche sur la Tophicité et le Viellissement) in the CIU Santé project, funded by DGCIS. CIU Santé project is devoted to experiment and develop techniques that allow long-term monitoring of elderly people at home. In this project an experimental room has been set up in Nice hospital and is relying on the research of the Pulsar team concerning event recognition.
We have started the SWEET-HOME project. It is an ANR TECSAN French project from Nov 1st 2009 to 2012 (3 years) on long-term monitoring of elderly people at Hospital with Nice City Hospital, Actis Ingenierie, MICA Center (CNRS unit - UMI 2954) in Hanoi, Vietnam, SMILE Lab at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan and National Cheng Kung University Hospital. INRIA Grant is 240 Keuros out of 689 Keuros for the whole project. SWEET-HOME project aims at building an innovative framework for modeling activities of daily living (ADLs) at home. These activities can help assessing the evolution of elderly disease (e.g. Alzheimer, depression, apathy) or detecting pre-cursors such as unbalanced walking, speed, walked distance, psychomotor slowness, frequent sighing and frowning, social withdrawal with a result of increasing indoor hours. The SWEET-HOME project focuses on two aspects related to Alzheimer disease: (1) to assess the initiative ability of patient and whether the patient is involved in goal directed behaviors (2) to assess walking disorders and potential risk of falls. In this focus, the goal is to collect and combine multi-sensor (audio-video) information to detect activities and assess behavioral trends to provide user services at different levels. In this project experimental rooms are used in Nice-Cimiez Hospital for monitoring Alzheimer patients.
This year Pulsar has completed a cooperation with STmicroelectronics. A PhD thesis on the design of intelligent cameras including gesture recognition algorithms has been successfully defended on the 28th of October 2009 (Mohammed Bécha Kaâniche).
Semantic Interpretation of 3D Sismic Images by Cognitive Vision Techniques
A cooperation took place with IFP (French Petrol Institute) and Ecole des Mines de Paris in the framework of a joint supervision by M Thonnat and M. Perrin of Philippe Verney PhD at IFP. This thesis  has been defended in September 2009. The title is: Interprétation géologique de données sismiques par une méthode supervisée basée sur la vision cognitive.
Another collaboration with Ecole des Mines de Paris started in October 2006 through a joint supervision by A. Ressouche and V. Roy of Lionel Daniel PhD at CMA. The topic is : “Principled paraconsistent probabilistic reasoning - applied to scenarios recognition and voting theory”.