Tecnalia’s Computer Vision Research Group is part of the Industry and Transport division and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of image processing and intelligent systems’ development. Throughout these years, the Group has obtained 19 patents in the field of computer vision, has completed over 300 computer vision projects and its results have been published in prestigious scientific publications. Furthermore, it obtained the ONCE Foundation International R&D Award as well as the EARTO-2011 and EARTO-2014 European Innovation Awards.

The team specialises in image capture systems, signal improvement systems, image processing, robust segmentation against noise and vector image processing: hyperspectral, multidimensional 3D, 4D and nD, image spectroscopy, image content based analysis, visual similarity search as well as the extraction of relevant features, including colour, texture and shape processing.

The work group specialises in the adaptation of complex and novel algorithms from academia in the field of machine vision for its use in real-world applications for production 24/7. Along these lines, mention must be made of applications for numerous markets, such as: control and measurement systems for the Steel Industry, occupancy control for open spaces, biomedical image analysis, thermographic systems, vision control of electrodes in electric arc furnaces, to name a few.

The Group´s work areas are:

  • Quality control and development of new industrial products, dimensional control systems, finished surface control, control and classification.

  • Robotics for flexible production: development of 3D vision systems for the automation of different flexible production processes by means of robots.

  • Biomedicine: Systems for the assistance in medical diagnosis, analysis of biological samples, medical imaging and medical content based image retrieval systems.

  • Digital Media: content analysis and structuring, object and action recognition, visual similarity search, content based image retrieval among others.

  • Contactless spectroscopy: automated systems for remote chemical composition analysis, medical and security applications based on hyperspectral imaging or other sensors (FTIR, LIBS…).

  • Security and monitoring: People and object monitoring systems, camera networks or biometric systems.

  • Vision based autonomous navigation: development of vision based autonomous navigation systems for mobile robots, AGVS, large industrial platforms, etc.

The Group is focused towards applied research as well as the development of machine vision turnkey solutions. Their facilities include: two complete machine computer vision laboratories, a robotics laboratory as well as two fully equipped workshops.