Breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants today announced SharpWave™, a ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that creates clear, undistorted views of the real-world from a damaged or obscured moving image. Based on recent advances in deep learning, SharpWave’s power to see clearly in difficult, unpredictable situations could transform numerous machine vision and imaging applications, from autonomous driving to empowering healthcare professionals with more accurate medical imaging.
Machine vision systems have progressed rapidly in recent years, however performance can quickly deteriorate if a view is obscured by rain, smoke, dirt or other obstructions. This has serious implications for real-world applications where image quality can be degraded by environmental factors or damage to camera-based systems.
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SharpWave learns what real-world scenes and objects look like and also how they appear with various image distortions applied. When presented with a distorted image it has never seen before, the technology can then form a real-time judgement of the ‘true’ scene behind the distortion. Having this “mind’s eye” ability means that SharpWave will outperform humans and existing machine vision approaches in reconstructing clear images under difficult conditions.
Tim Ensor, Commercial Director for Artificial Intelligence at Cambridge Consultants said: “Never before has a new technology enabled machines to interpret real-world scenes the way humans can – and SharpWave can potentially outperform the human eye. This takes us into a new era of image sensing and will give flight to applications in many industries, including automotive, agritech and healthcare. The ability to construct a clear view of the world from live video, in the presence of continually changing distortion such as rain, mist or smoke, is transformational. We’re excited to be at the leading edge of developments in AI. SharpWave shows us making the leap from the art of the possible, to delivering breakthrough innovation with significant impact on our client’s businesses.”
SharpWave is the latest technology to emerge from Cambridge Consultants’ Digital Greenhouse™, a unique experimental environment where data scientists and engineers explore and cultivate cutting-edge deep learning techniques. Leveraging this capability to deliver world-changing commercial applications led to Cambridge Consultants being named the first NVIDIA preferred deep learning delivery partner in the EMEA region.
SharpWave uses unique extensions of the Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) architecture. Training requires six neural networks to compete against each in teams, inventing difficult scenes and attempting to remove distortion. Effective end-to-end training of so many networks together has only been possible in the last two years but is yielding radical new capabilities.
Cambridge Consultants develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consultancy in technology-critical issues for clients worldwide. For more than 60 years, the company has been helping its clients turn business opportunities into commercial successes, whether they are launching first-to-market products, entering new markets or expanding existing markets through the introduction of new technologies. With a team of more than 900 staff, including engineers, scientists, mathematicians and designers, in offices in Cambridge (UK), Boston (USA), Tokyo and Singapore, Cambridge Consultants offers solutions across a diverse range of industries including medical technology, industrial and consumer products, digital health, energy and wireless communications. For more information, visit: www.cambridgeconsultants.com
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