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Tulipp embedded EU project to show systems at Vision 2018

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The EU initiative Tulipp, which targets embedded systems for image processing, has delivered its first three use cases covering medical x-ray imaging, automotive driver assistance, and UAVs.

The systems will be demonstrated for the first time at Vision 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany from 6 to 8 November.

The Tulipp consortium has developed an embedded computing reference platform over the course of project, which ran from 2016 to 2018. Tulipp stands for ‘Towards ubiquitous low-power image processing platforms’.

The medical x-ray imaging demonstrator combines an embedded computing board with a medical x-ray imaging sensor. It incorporates image enhancement algorithms for x-ray images running at high frame rates.

The focus is on improving the performance of x-ray imaging Mobile C-arms, which provide an internal view of a patient’s body during an operation to aid surgery. The system using Tulipp’s embedded hardware reference platform can reduce radiation dose by 75 per cent while maintaining the clarity of images.

The driver assistance system incorporates pedestrian detection algorithms running in real-time on an embedded platform. The ADAS demonstrator achieves a processing time per frame of 66ms, which means that the algorithm reaches the target of running on every second image for a camera operating at 30Hz.

Finally, the project partners have equipped a UAV with real-time obstacle detection and avoidance capabilities based on a lightweight and low-cost stereo camera setup.

‘The Tulipp Use Cases, coupled with the development kit - comprising hardware platform, multi-core operating system, development tool chain and guidelines - have demonstrated that the computational demands of complex image processing can be delivered in a diverse range of embedded applications within the context of challenging size, weight and power constraints,’ commented Philippe Millet of Thales and Tulipp’s project co-ordinator.

Tulipp will hold a practical workshop on the project at the HiPeac 2019 conference, the European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems, in Valencia, Spain on 22 January 2019. It will also deliver an in-depth tutorial on 23 January 2019 at the show.

Participants at the HiPeac workshop and tutorial will receive a free Tulipp development kit.

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