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31.05.2017

AGH UST student appreciated at international competition for project of vision system for tracking objects with use of moving camera


AGH UST team, from the left: Łukasz Jeleń, DSc Tomasz Kryjak, BSc Marcin Kowalczyk; photo from the archives of T. Kryjak

BSc Marcin Kowalczyk, photo from the archives of T. Kryjak

Marcin Kowalczyk, BSc, a student of Automatic Control and Robotics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, took first place in the international competition Digilent Design Contest 2017 for his project “An object tracking vision system using a moving camera implemented in a Zynq heterogeneous device”. 

The supervisor of the project was Dr Tomasz Kryjak of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering within the framework of the Student Special Interest Group AVADER

The result of the project has been a built-in vision system for tracking objects by means of a moving camera with a pan-tilt head made of two servo-mechanisms. The heterogeneous Zynq system made by Xilinx and the Zybo development board made by Digilent have been used as the computation platform. 

Project's presentation

The competition final, which took place on 13-14 May 2017 at the premises of Digilent in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, featured 26 projects using the FPGA or Zynq systems for various tasks and purposes, for example, retro games, automated waste sorting, supporting cyclists, etc. All presentations were assessed by a jury composed of experts in the field of reprogrammable systems and the representatives of Digilent. 

The competition final was also entered by Łukasz Jeleń, a second year student of Microelectronics in Industry and Medicine, who within the framework of the Student Special Interest Group AVADER carried out the project “Visual based odometry for autonomous robot navigation implemented in an FPGA device”. The experience gained this year will surely turn out beneficial in the future editions of the competition. 

It is worth noting that Marcin Kowalczyk’s project was also appreciated at the 54th Conference of Student Special Interest Groups of the Metallurgical Section, winning first prize in the category of Automatic Control and Robotics.  


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