International fellowship awarded to UTS QCIS Professor
The fellowship, awarded by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recognises Professor Tao’s technical contributions and service to the general optics community. His research, which provides a theoretical foundation for subspace learning algorithms, is an innovative use of ICT, with applications in video surveillance, biometrics and multimedia.
Professor Tao has developed a number of advanced technologies in video camera surveillance, including video tracking, human action recognition and gait recognition. While intelligent cameras are not new – almost all smartphones have face detection technology – Tao is interested in creating mathematical algorithms to apply these to street and safety cameras.
“To be able to identify someone in distress on the street, or to quietly monitor a baby in the home, this type of technology has many economic, social and community benefits,” says Tao. To combat the obvious security and privacy concerns, he hopes his research will create the ultimate intelligent camera. “By taking into account lighting conditions, image resolution and signal processing, these cameras could one day learn to recognise, and shy away from, private personal activity.”
Tao’s research in the optics and photonics fields spans a career of excellence. A prolific author, Tao has edited 5 books and authored one monograph and 200 papers, including 100+ IEEE transactions. In addition, he has provided leadership to several significant scientific communities and served at over 100 major conferences specialising in image and video processing, optical pattern recognition and electronic imaging.
Centre Director for QCIS, Professor Chengqi Zhang says, “Professor Dacheng Tao has made notable contributions to subspace learning, a fundamental research topic in pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision and multimedia. His investigations into subspace learning can be divided into three levels: foundations, algorithms, and applications. Many of his research results have had profound impact and provided novel perspectives to the understanding of problems.”
His election to SPIE in 2013 is one of only 69 worldwide, and three in Australia. He joins Emeritus Professor Geoff Smith as the second UTS academic to receive this prestigious fellowship.