Short description of the organization
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), the sixth oldest and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece, is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans. AUTH will be involved in the project through the “Artificial Intelligence and Information Analysis” (AIIA) laboratory, a unit within the Department of Informatics. AIIA has strong expertise in machine learning, computer vision and semantic video analysis, including applications in aerial robotics.
The AIIA Lab is an active research group working for more than one decade in digital media and related areas. Its topics of interest span the areas of digital image/video processing, human-centered interfaces, semantic media analysis and description, computational intelligence, computer vision, 3D image and medical image processing, virtual reality in medicine/dentistry, multimedia security/protection, biometrics, bioinformatics, computer graphics and visualization and cultural heritage conservation. It has undertaken more than 69 R&D projects in those areas.
As a result of this research, 11 books, 50 book chapters and more than 1090 publications have been published in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, creating 28400+ citations. Such books are ‘Digital video processing and analysis’ (China Machine Press, 2017), ‘Graph-based social media analysis’ (CRC Press, 2015), ‘Digital Video and Television’ (Createspace/Amazon 2013), “Digital Television and digital video processing” (in Greek 2010), ‘3D image processing algorithms’ (Wiley 2000), ‘Digital image processing algorithms and applications’ (Wiley 2000), ‘Nonlinear Model-Based Image/Video Processing and Analysis’ (Wiley 2000), ‘Digital image processing’ (in Greek, 1999), “Parallel Algorithms and Architectures for Digital Image Processing, Computer Vision and Neural Networks” (Wiley, 1993), “Digital Image Processing Algorithms” (Prentice Hall, 1993), “Nonlinear Digital Filters: Principles and Applications” (Kluwer, 1990).
The AIIA Lab has organized and hosted IEEE NSIP1995, IEEE ICIP2001 (the biggest yearly international scientific conference on image processing) and we co-organize the 2003 International workshop on Interactive multimedia Content Production. Lab members were technical chair EUSIPCO98, co-chair of the 2003 International Workshop on Rich Media Content Production. He was technical co-chair of the 2003 Greek Informatics Conference (EPY) and the 2007 IEEE Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP2007) and co-chair of the 2013 IEEE IVMSP workshop on ‘3D image/video technologies and applications.
The AIIA Lab has strong cooperation with other Universities, research centres and industrial partners in the area of its interests through projects mainly funded by the European community. Since 2017, AIIA coordinates the H2020 MULTIDRONE Research and Development Project, devoted to multiple aerial robots for media production.
Role in the AERIAL-CORE project and main tasks
AUTH will lead T3.1 and task 7.2, aiming to develop machine learning/computer vision methods for aerial inspection. Additionally, it will be involved with other tasks related to cognitive capabilities and visual perception, especially in WP3 and WP7. This includes human-machine interaction via hand gestures