Dr Nantheera Anantrasirichai (Pui)

Senior Lecturer

2.60, Merchant Venturers Building, University of Bristol

Bristol, BS8 1UB, UK



AI based production workflows for Challenging Acquisition Environments

Genres such as natural history place extreme demands on camera technologies and post production due to their challenging acquisition conditions. Distortions are particularly endemic in low-light video due to the interactions between lens aperture, shutter angle and ISO (sensor gain) setting. This is compounded for higher spatial resolutions where increased sensor density leads to higher chrominance noise and cross-talk. There remains a significant gap between the demands of commissioners and the capability of acquisition hardware. Distortion management is thus essential in any production workflow and there is a need for perceptually inspired solutions to a class of inverse problems associated with video production: denoising, colorization and contrast enhancement. Current systems do not fully exploit the potential of recent advances in machine learning and most academic solutions focus on still images only; relatively little work has been reported on video denoising and very few video denoising datasets exist. This project is part of MyWorld.

Automated Alert System for Volcanic Unrest

Satellite radar (InSAR) can be employed to observe volcanic ground deformation, which has shown a significant statistical link to eruptions. The explosion in data has however brought major challenges associated with timely dissemination of information and distinguishing volcano deformation patterns from noise, which currently relies on manual inspection. Here, we present a novel approach to detect volcanic ground deformation automatically from InSAR images.

Dynamic Ground Motion Map of the UK

The project explores how dynamic ground motion maps could be integrated into a Digital Environment through combination with other digital infrastructure and the use of environment-focussed informatics for data handling, feature extraction, data fusion, and decision making.

Mitigating Atmospheric Distortion

The project has proposed a novel method for mitigating the effects of atmospheric distortion on observed images, particularly airborne turbulence which can severely degrade a region of interest (ROI). In order to extract accurate detail about objects behind the distorting layer, a simple and efficient frame selection method is proposed, while the space-varying distortion problem is solved using region-level fusion based on the Dual Tree Complex Wavelet Transform (DT-CWT).

Deep Learning for Computational Microscopy

Collaborating with Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, we are developing AI-based tools for microscopic imaging. Abnormal red blood cells and parasitic eggs are detected and their types are classified. These two are ones of the most causes of diseases in low and middle-income countries.

B-Line Quantification in Lung Ultrasound Images

B-lines, defined as discrete laser-like vertical hyperechoic reverberation artefacts in lung ultrasounds, have been shown to correlate with extravascular lung water in adults and children on dialysis. This project developed a novel automatic B-line detection via an inverse problem involving the Radon transform.

Computer Assisted Analysis of Ocular Imaging

The project developed an image enhancement method for retinal optical coherence tomography (OCT) images. The OCT is a non-invasive technique that produces cross-sectional imagery of ocular tissue. These images contain a large amount of speckle causing them to be grainy and of very low contrast. The OCT speckle originates mainly from multiple forward scattering and thus also contains some information about tissue composition, which can be useful in diagnosis. The project also analysed texture in the OCT image layers for retinal disease glaucoma. Methodology for classification and feature extraction based on robust principle component analysis of texture descriptors was established. In addition, the technique using multi-modal information fusion which incorporates data from visual field measurements with OCT and retinal photography was developed.

Palantir - Fast Depth Estimation for View Synthesis

Disparity/depth estimation from sequences of stereo images is an important element in 3D vision. Owing to occlusions, imperfect settings and homogeneous luminance, accurate estimate of depth remains a challenging problem. Targetting view synthesis, we propose a novel learning-based framework making use of dilated convolution, densely connected convolutional modules, compact decoder and skip connections.

Palantir - Real Time Inspection and Assessment of Wind Turbine Blade Health

A major challenge that faces the wind turbine industry is to collect and collate the large amounts of inspection data from wind turbine blades that comes from different inspection technologies and different inspection providers. Current techniques are expensive and results are not typically known for weeks or months until after the inspection. The Palantir project will increase the capability to undertake required inspections remotely. The key innovation will be the development of a permanently installed monitoring system for wind turbine blades providing real time continuous monitoring. This system will incorporate automated analysis of the data and therefore provide near real time status of blade health.

Bio-inspired Visual Framework for Autonomous Locomotion

Vision provides us information that can be used for adaptively controlling our locomotion. However, we still do not fully understand how humans perceive and use it in a dynamic environment. This implies that information from visual sensors, e.g. cameras, has not yet been fully employed in autonomous systems. This project will study human eye movement during locomotion using a mobile eye tracker, leading to a better understanding of human perception and what low-level features drive decisions.

Terrain Analysis for Robotics

The project aims to investigate the use of artificial visual perception for the control of locomotion in legged robot. The knowledge of the way humans use vision to control locomotion is translated to the engineering disciplines of machine and robotics. The terrain type and geometry are assessed and predicted using image based sensors. The proposed methods involve texture-based image analysis using local frequency characteristics on images and videos and a novel wavelet-based descriptor to identify terrain types, classify materials and surface orientation.

Rural/Distributed Services and Applications

The project is part of the first theme of the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services (IU-ATC). The project has focused on the novel applications to meet the requirements in rural India.

Multiview Distributed Video Coding For Wireless Multicamera Networks

Distributed video coding (DVC) has recently received considerable interest as it allows shifting the complexity from the encoder to the decoder making it a attractive approach for low power systems with multiple remotely located multimedia sensor networks. The project has proposed the use of Hybrid Key/Wyner-Ziv frames (KWZ) with block-based concealment. Enhancement techniques, e.g. spatio-temporal interleaving, multi-hypothesis coding, bit-plane projection and etc., have been introduced to achieve compression efficiency. Scalabilities and surveillance have also been developed in the project.

Multi-view Image Compression and View Synthesis

The project solved one of the key challenges for all multimedia network service providers which is efficient and effective multi-view video distribution across heterogeneous networks. Significant advances have been achieved in developing embedded image and video coding schemes based on wavelets, producing excellent rate-distortion performance and scalable functionality with unpredictable channel variations.