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Real-Time Pedestrian Detection For Privacy Enhancement

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Short Description

More and more video surveillance data is being collect for real-time surveillance and storage. Privacy is a real issue, posing a legal obstacle when public places are being monitored: real-time surveillance is not allowed in such cases, and stored data can (even for internal use) only be accessed with a court order.

With the use of privacy enhancement techniques, this is different. Currently, such systems are often based on simple motion detection, blurring everything that has moved recently. This can be an option if there is little activity and only very low detail is needed. However, when monitoring a crowded area the results are useless and important detail such as the person's movements is completely hidden.

This project is supposed to overcome this by using deep learning techniques to detect pedestrians/persons and using temporal/motion information to improve the delineation of moving objects. This way the pedestrians can be overpainted, blurred, or overlaid with motion-based information, protecting their privacy while enabling better information to security personnel.

Status: Available

Looking for 1 Master or 2 semester project students
Contact: Lukas Cavigelli


Knowledge of Matlab and/or C/C++
Interest in video processing and machine learning
if interested in FPGA development, VLSI 1 is required


20% Theory / Literature Research
20% Software Development, 60% FPGA Development & Verification
or 80% software development


Luca Benini

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Practical Details



  • pedestrian dataset: [website]
  • semantic segmentation dataset: [website]

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