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Fast eye image processing and iris segmentation


Preprocessing of eye images and iris segmentation are the key components for applications of iris recognition and gaze tracking. Despite existing methods based on deep learning reach a high accuracy, they are computationally complex and require more processing power than some of the existing hand crafted methods. The popularity of mobile devices and their limited computational resources are amongst the causes of limited penetration of the technology in the end-user applications.
This work aims at developing an eye preprocessing method that performs real-time segmentation of an iris in a live camera stream on mobile devices. The student will explore the possibility of integration of a machine learning approach with hand crafted methods in order to improve efficiency and accuracy. The goal is to develop a method that has the potential to run on a mobile device utilizing various different computational resources (e.g. DSP, GPU)
Finally, the developed method is evaluated on different publicly available datasets of human iris (e.g. CASIA) and demonstrated on different devices available within the department - i.e. the student will develop an application running on a mobile device.

Relevant literature:
Z. He, T. Tan, and Z. Sun, "Iris localization via pulling and pushing," in Pattern Recognition, 2006. ICPR 2006. 18th International Conference on, vol. 4, 0-0 2006, pp. 366-369.
H. Li, Z. Sun, and T. Tan. Robust iris segmentation based on learned boundary detectors. In ICB, 2012.

Kind of work

The thesis will consist of the following steps:
(1) Review of related literature
(2) Implementation of selected existing iris segmentation method
(3) Proposing a new method to improve over the state-of-the-art algorithms
(4) Writing the thesis

Framework of the Thesis

The thesis will be matched with the ongoing research themes at VUB-ETRO. The research results are expected to be published in an international conference.

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Expected Student Profile

- Good programming skills in C/C++/Python
- Good knowledge of machine learning


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