Intelligent devices equipped with human-like senses such as always-on touch, audio and motion detection have enabled a variety of new use cases and applications, transforming the way we interact with each other and our surroundings. While the vast majority (>80%) of human insight comes through the eyes, enabling always-on vision (defined as < 1 mA power) for devices is challenging due to power-hungry hardware and the high complexity of inference algorithms. Qualcomm Research has pioneered an Always-on Computer Vision Module (CVM) combining innovations in the system architecture, ultra-low power design and dedicated hardware for vision algorithms running at the "edge." With low end-to-end power consumption, a tiny form factor and low cost, the CVM can be integrated into a wide range of battery- and line-powered devices (IoT, mobile, VR/AR, automotive, etc.), performing object detection, feature recognition, change/motion detection, and other tasks. Its processor performs all computation within the module itself and outputs metadata.
Dr. Evgeni Gousev is a Senior Director in Qualcomm Research. He manages a hardware R&D team in the Silicon Valley Center and leads a project developing an always-on computer vision module. He has been with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. since 2005 after joining from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, where he led several projects in the field of advanced silicon technologies. Evgeni holds a M.S. degree in Applied Physics (1988) and a Ph.D. in Solid-State Physics (1991). He has co-edited 20 books and published more than 150 papers and is an inventor on more than 60 issued and filed patents.