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About DCDC 2019

The Workshop on Deep Learning and Computer Vision for Drone Imagine and Cinematography was successfully held on 30th and 31st May 2019 at the Auditorium of Business School of Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC). This workshop was firstly  organized to be held on 25th and 26th April at the SLTC, however it was postponed due to security concerns prevailed in the country  after the disaster on Easter Sunday (21st April 2019). The workshop was rescheduled after the country become secured and held on 30th and 31st May 2019. 

The workshop provided an overview of the various computer vision and deep learning problems encountered in drone imaging and cinematography, which is one of the main application areas of drone technologies. The same machine learning and computer vision problems do occur in other drone applications as well, e.g., for land/marine surveillance, search & rescue,  building and machine inspection.

During the 06 hours lecture series that was conducted  on  first day,  provided a solid background on the topics of Computer Vision  such as Image Acquisition, Camera Geometry, Stereo and Multiview Imaging, Motion Estimation and under the subject area of Machine Learning it was provided knowledge on Introduction to Neural Networks, Perceptron, Backpropagation, Deep Neural Networks, Convolutional NNs). It was also provided during this first day lecture series, An Introduction to Multiple Drone Imaging and the Relevant Architectures.

At the day two the series of lectures which were conducted for  six hours provided an in-depth views of the various topics encountered in Multiple Drone Cinematography, ranging from the definitions of drone audiovisual shooting types (Drone Cinematography) to drone mission planning and control, drone localization and mapping, target detection and tracking, HCI issues, imaging for safety (crowd detection, emergency landing, map updating), drone mission simulations, privacy protection, ethics and regulatory issues. 

The Resource Person

Prof. Ioannis Pitas (IEEE fellow, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, EURASIP fellow) received the Diploma and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 1994, he has been a Professor at the Department of Informatics of the same University. He served as a Visiting Professor at several Universities.

His current interests are in the areas of image/video processing, machine learning, computer vision, intelligent digital media, human centered interfaces, affective computing, 3D imaging and biomedical imaging. He has published over 860 papers, contributed in 44 books in his areas of interest and edited or (co-)authored another 11 books. He has also been member of the program committee of many scientific conferences and workshops. In the past he served as Associate Editor or co-Editor of 9 international journals and General or Technical Chair of 4 international conferences. He participated in 69 R&D projects, primarily funded by the European Union and is/was principal investigator/researcher in 41 such projects. He has 28200+ citations to his work and h-index 81+ (Google Scholar).

Prof. Pitas leads the big European H2020 R&D project MULTIDRONE: He is chair of the Autonomous Systems initiative

The Organizing Committee

The organizing committee played a vital role in organizing the event very successfully. The workshop  was well organized flowed uninterruptedly with charming beauty providing  in depth knowledge on the subject areas. The guidance and leadership provided by the Chairman was really commendable to make the event successful during all two occasions it was organized.

The Workshop Chair

  • Prof. Dush Nalin K. Jayakody, 
  • Ph. D. (Dublin),IEEE Senior Member, 
  • Director, School of Postgraduate Studies & Research 
  • Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka.

The Organizing Committee

  • Mr. Imran Uvais, 
  • Faculty of Engineering, 
  • Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka.
  • Mr. Priyashantha Tennakoon, 
  • Faculty of Engineering, 
  • Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka.
  • Mr. Hassaan Hydher, 
  • Faculty of Engineering, 
  • Sri Lanka Technological Campus, Padukka