SCIEN Talk: Designing a smart wearable camera for blind and visually impaired people

Topic: 
Designing a smart wearable camera for blind and visually impaired people
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Venue: 
Packard 101
Speaker: 
Saverio Murgia (Horus Technology)
Abstract / Description: 

Horus Technology was founded in July 2014 with the goal of creating a smart wearable camera for blind and visually impaired people featuring intelligent algorithms that could understand the environment around its user and describe it out loud. Two years later, Horus has a working prototype being tested by a number of blind people in Europe and North America. Harnessing the power of portable GPUs, stereo vision and deep learning algorithms, Horus can read texts in different languages, learn and recognize faces, objects and identify obstacles. Designing a wearable device, we had to face a number of challenges and difficult choices. We will describe our systems, our design choices for both software and hardware and we will end with a small demo of Horus capabilities.

Bio:

Founder and CEO of Horus Technology, Saverio Murgia is passionate about machine learning, computer vision and robotics. Both engineer and entrepreneur, in 2015 he obtained a double MSc/MEng in Advanced Robotics from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and the University of Genoa. He also owns a degree in management from ISICT and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Genoa. Before founding Horus Technology, Saverio was visiting researcher at EPFL and the Italian Institute of Technology.