CTC Technology Centre is working on an innovative system to optimise the performance of artificial vision solutions

CTC Technology Centre is working on developing an intelligent system for the performance of artificial or computer vision solutions to be optimised once installed. Innovation is based on the development and improvement of algorithms that will increase the performance of these applications thanks to constant learning based on the analysis of an infinite flow of data. This approach is the fundamental premise of the doctoral studies of the researcher Santos Bringas and, if he obtains the expected results, it will place CTC in a privileged position to take advantage of the multiple business opportunities offered by this sector.

The Study and evolution of Online and Continuous Machine Learning applied to Deep Learning and Computer Vision is the main line of research of this thesis, which will be directed by Rafael Duque and José Luis Montaña, both professors of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science of the University of Cantabria. This thesis is endorsed and co-financed by the Industrial Doctorate programme promoted by the academic institution to execute this project within the business fabric of the region.

Over the next three years, Santos Bringas will work on developing techniques that will enable intelligent systems, especially neural networks, to learn continuously from an infinite flow of data. This circumstance will facilitate a progressive and constant improvement of the results and will enable increasing their mastery and learning new tasks.

Likewise, the thesis contemplates the study of methods that enable the intelligent system to actively interact with the end users. New examples or images can thus be obtained to continue training and improving the application. Thanks to this development, we can correct incorrect results or to ask a user for information on a specific image.

This innovation arises in response to one of the great challenges facing this technology in its development phase. Catastrophic Forgetting occurs in a neural network when it forgets learned information, i.e. when this network is retrained with new data, it forgets what it was initially trained to do, which distorts performance and produces poor results.

High industrial application

If the proposed objectives are achieved, CTC will have the knowledge to implement tools capable of improving the performance of this technology. Thanks to this competitive advantage, the CTC Technology Centre will be in a privileged position to take advantage of the many business opportunities generated in this field in the short and medium term.

Applying machine vision in industry allows manufacturing processes to be automated. This circumstance, which facilitates quality controls and speeds up each phase, translates into better results. Sectors such as the automotive, food, electronics and logistics sectors are evolving quickly thanks to solutions based on this technology.

Likewise, the proposed development can be extrapolated to other fields within Artificial Intelligence, such as natural language recognition, monitoring and prediction systems, autonomous navigation, etc.

Professional development opportunity

CTCThe CTC Technology Centre bases a large part of its reputation on the high qualification and professionalism of its research team. It strongly promotes doctoral studies among its employees and welcomes doctoral students for research stays. The CTC recently welcomed a doctoral student from the University of Leicester, who wanted to extend part of his doctoral thesis with the knowledge and experience resulting from his stay in the only technological centre in Cantabria

Incorporating doctors to its research team fits perfectly with the objective of attracting and retaining talent established by CTC within its strategy of specialisation and growth. Marina González Barriuso is the latest to join the team of doctors at CTC. The researcher from the Advanced Materials and Nanomaterials team achieved the Cum Laude distinction after defending her doctoral thesis “Amino-functionalisation of graphite oxide (GO) and GO/SiO2 nanocomposites. Evaluation of CO2 capture”. This doctorate means that over 18% of the workers at CTC have this qualification. A percentage that places the Cantabrian centre well above the 13% required by Royal Decree 2093/2008 of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, which regulates Spanish technology centres.