Special Issue "Augmented Vision for Industry 4.0"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Guevara Lopez
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Department of Computing and Systems, Setubal School of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Setubal, Campus do IPS, Estefanilha, 2910-761 Setubal, Portugal
Interests: digital image processing; computer vision; pattern recognition; machine (deep) learning; data analytics; artificial intelligence; biomedical image and data analysis
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Prof. Dr. Luís Gonzaga Mendes Magalhães
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Centro ALGORITMI, University of Minho, Campus de Azurem, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: augmented and mixed reality; virtual reality; computer graphics; computer vision; human–machine interaction
Prof. Dr. Raúl Ramos Pollán
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Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
Interests: deep learning; computer vision; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is an innovative paradigm aimed towards the fusion of the digital and physical world through the advent of technologies, an amalgamation of physical and digital systems that has proven to be revolutionary, and enabling the communication between physical objects and cyber infrastructures. Condition monitoring is a challenging Industry 4.0 field that features the interfaces needed for smooth information exchange between the plant control system, smart sensing tasks, process visualization unit, and operator. In this sense, the proper combination of emergent techniques, such as, computer vision, augmented and mixed reality, and artificial intelligence, are playing a key role in human–machine integration/collaboration tasks, in order to make Industry 4.0 possible, and the concept of “smart factory” a reality more each day.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present and highlight novel algorithms, methods, and applications of emergent techniques for creating augmented and intelligent vision systems for Industry 4.0, providing relevant and contextualized information to the human operators.

Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel Guevara Lopez
Prof. Dr. Luís Gonzaga Mendes Magalhães
Prof. Dr. Raúl Ramos Pollán
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  • computer vision
  • artificial intelligence
  • semantic scene understanding
  • augmented and mixed reality
  • human–machine interaction
  • condition monitoring
  • smart factory
  • Industry 4.0

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A Versatile Machine Vision Algorithm for Real-Time Counting Manually Assembled Pieces
J. Imaging 2020, 6(6), 48; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jimaging6060048 - 13 Jun 2020
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The Industry 4.0 paradigm is based on transparency and co-operation and, hence, on monitoring and pervasive data collection. In highly standardized contexts, it is usually easy to gather data using available technologies, while, in complex environments, only very advanced and customizable technologies, such [...] Read more.
The Industry 4.0 paradigm is based on transparency and co-operation and, hence, on monitoring and pervasive data collection. In highly standardized contexts, it is usually easy to gather data using available technologies, while, in complex environments, only very advanced and customizable technologies, such as Computer Vision, are intelligent enough to perform such monitoring tasks well. By the term “complex environment”, we especially refer to those contexts where human activity which cannot be fully standardized prevails. In this work, we present a Machine Vision algorithm which is able to effectively deal with human interactions inside a framed area. By exploiting inter-frame analysis, image pre-processing, binarization, morphological operations, and blob detection, our solution is able to count the pieces assembled by an operator using a real-time video input. The solution is compared with a more advanced Machine Learning-based custom object detector, which is taken as reference. The proposed solution demonstrates a very good performance in terms of Sensitivity, Specificity, and Accuracy when tested on a real situation in an Italian manufacturing firm. The value of our solution, compared with the reference object detector, is that it requires no training and is therefore extremely flexible, requiring only minor changes to the working parameters to translate to other objects, making it appropriate for plant-wide implementation. Full article
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