City councillor taps UTSC students to survey ‘Scarlem’ city services
Crime-ridden, sprawling, and underserved—accurate or not, Scarborough has a bad reputation. City councillor Norm Kelly is out to change that, using research conducted by UTSC co-op students Kathy Chan and Dorinda So.
The 68-page Fair Share Scarborough took four months of full-time work to complete, and it’s attracting more attention than your average term paper.
“We try to explore how you can get information from a lot of sensors,” says Professor Parham Aarabi, of the Artificial Perception Lab he manages at U of T’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A large touch screen at the far end of a room in the Bahen Centre lab is the most visible part of the Artificial Perception Lab’s latest offering-a new 3D camera system.
The system can monitor a large number of cameras-one or two hundred-and understand some of what it sees. Starting from a large image that shows many people, operators can click on a particular person and let the computer sort out which camera angle will capture the clearest image of his or her face. This eliminates the difficult and tedious job of going through hundreds of slightly different shots one at a time. With this system, a set of security cameras that now requires ten operators could be run by only two or three.