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Robotic Vision Lab

Director: Dr. D. J. Lee

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
430 Clyde Building
Provo, Utah 84602
Tel: (801) 422-4119

Robotic Vision Lab was established in 2004 by Dr. DJ Lee to research on visual computing for robotic applications. Current research focuses on artificial intelligence, high-performance visual computing, robotic vision, and visual inspection automation. Dr. Lee has advised and graduated 9 Ph.D. and 15 M.S. students and mentored 46 undergraduate students since 2001. He also hosted and collaborated with 3 Ph.D. students and 5 professors from other countries. He is currently advising 2 Ph.D. students and mentoring 2 undergraduate students. Scroll down and click on the tabs below for details.
Funded Projects and Lab Members
Funded Projects
Ph.D. Students
M.S. Students
Undergraduate Students

24.   PI, “Computer Vision for Autonomous ISAM Operations”, US Air Force, Subcontract from Orbital Bridge LLC, September 2022-July 2023 (FA8750-22-C-0536-BYU-001)
23.   PI, “Flare and Control for Ultra High Destruction and Removal Efficiency”, US Department of Energy ARPA-E, Subcontract from Cimarron, Inc, April 2022-December 2023 (DE-AR0001530)
22.   PI, “Artificial Intelligence for Detection of Foreign Materials in Food Products”, Smart Vision Works, Inc, June 2021-August 2022.
21.   PI, “Machine Learning Methods Application for Analyzing Hydro-Acoustic Telemetry Data”, US Geological Survey, July 2018-Dec. 2019 (#G18AC00158)
20.   PI, “Demonstration of Ultra Low Latency Object Tracking for Multi-Focal Length Camera Arrays”, Flight Test Group, Defense Technologies Engineering Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, July 2018-Aug. 2019 (#B629134)
19.   PI, “Evolutionary Learning for Visual Inspection Automation”, Utah Technology Acceleration Grants, May 2017-Dec. 2018 (#172085)
18.   PI, “Automated Archerfish EO / Sonar Detection Techniques for Naval Mines”, DoD Navy, Subcontract from eCortex, Jan. 2017-Dec. 2019 (N00024-17-C-403005)
17.   PI, “Improve Competitiveness of Specialty Crop Production through a New Product Quality Verification Method”, US Department of Agriculture SBIR Phase II, Subcontract from Smart Vision Works International, LLC, Sep. 2015-Aug. 2018 (2015-33610-23786)
16.   PI, “Vision-Based Automobile Pixel Lighting Control”, On Semiconductor, Feb. 2015-Jun. 2015
15.   PI, “Improve Competitiveness of Specialty Crop Production through a New Product Quality Verification Method”, US Department of Agriculture SBIR Phase I, Subcontract from Smart Vision Works International, LLC, May 2014-Jan. 2015
14.   PI, “Enhanced Large Mammal Detection and Real-time Mapping through the use of FLIR and High Definition Camera and Improved Geo-mapping System”, Oil Sands Initiative Leadership, Feb. 2012
13.   PI, “Distributed Medical Image Processing Framework Using a Multi-processor Network Cluster”, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), Sep. 2009-2010
12.   PI, “Distributed Medical Image Processing Framework Using Cell Processors”, NIH, NLM, Sep. 2008-2009
11.   PI, “R&D in Query and Retrieval of Multiple Image Components with Spatial and Geometrical Constraints and API Development for Web-deployable CBIR”, NIH, NLM,, Sep. 2007-2008
10.   PI, “Automated EO/IR Detection Techniques For Floating Objects”, DoD Navy, Subcontract from eCortex, Nov. 2006-Sep. 2007
9.     PI, “R&D and API Development for Web-deployable CBIR Techniques with Support for Spatial Geometrical Relationships”, NIH, NLM, Sep. 2006-2007
8.     Co-PI, “FGPA Implementation of Real-time, High-Resolution, RGB Bayer Pattern Conversion for NTSC Video”, Procerus Technologies, Apr.-Sep. 2006
7.      PI, “Feature Indexing and Relevance Feedback Techniques for Improved CBIR of Spine X-ray Images and Medical Validation of Spine X-ray Shapes”, NIH, NLM, Sep. 2005- Feb. 2007
6.     PI, “Evaluation of Efficient Relevance Feedback Methods for Spine X-ray Image Retrieval”, NIH, NLM, Sep.  2004-2005
5.     PI, “An Automated Fish Migration Pattern Monitoring System Using Shape Descriptors for Pattern Recognition”, US Department of Agriculture, Subcontract from Agris-Schoenberger Vision Systems, Inc., Oct. 2004 – Feb. 2007
4.     Co-PI, “Bio-inspired Image Directed Control of Mars Flyers”, Jet Propulsion Lab and NASA Ames Research Center, Apr.-Dec. 2004
3.     PI, “Partial Shape Matching Techniques for Spine X-ray Images”, NIH, NLM, Sep. 2003-2004
2.     PI, “An Automated Fish Migration Pattern Monitoring System Using Shape Descriptors for Pattern Recognition”, US Department of Agriculture, Subcontract from Agris-Schoenberger Vision Systems, Inc., May 2003-Nov. 2003
1.      PI, “Fish Species Classification”, US Bureau of Reclamation, May-Oct. 2002

8.     Dr. Xikui Miao                  01/01/2018 ~ 12/31/2018                                                               
       School of Information Engineering Henan University of Science of Technology, Luoyang, Henan, China
7.     Dr. Yung-Fu Chen          06/01/2017 ~ 08/31/2017                                                               
       Department of Healthcare Administration, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
6.     Dr. Ye Han                        10/01/2015 ~ 08/31/2017                                                               
       National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technique Research Center, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
5.     Dr. Yung-Fa Huang        07/01/2011 ~ 08/31/2011                                                               
       Graduate Institute of Networking and Communication Engineering, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
4.     Dr.  Jiun-Jian Liaw           06/01/2010 ~ 08/31/2010                                                              
       Graduate Institute of Networking and Communication Engineering, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C.
3.     Dr. Guangming Xiong   10/01/2009 ~ 09/30/2010                                                               
       School of Mechanical and Vehicular Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
2.     Dr. Shenngyan Zhou     10/10/2008 ~ 08/31/2009                                                               
       School of Mechanical and Vehicular Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
1.     Dr. Dong Zhang               01/01/2008 ~ 12/31/2008                                                              
       School of Information Science and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Andrew W. Sumsion

January 30, 2021 09:44 AM
Andrew W. Sumsion
Start Date : April, 20, 2022

Shad A. Torrie

May 11, 2021 04:28 PM
Shad A. Torrie
Start Date : April 20, 2022

9.      Zheng Sun (09/01/2018 ~ 04/17/2023)
       Facial Motion Augmented Identity Verification\\ with Deep Neural Networks
8.      Taylor S. Simons (09/01/2016 ~ 05/25/2021)
       High-Speed Image Classification For Resource-Limited Systems Using Binary Values
7.      Meng Zhang (01/01/2014 ~ 02/14/2018)
       Evolutionary Learning of Boosted Features for Visual Inspection Automation
6.      Alok H. Desai (09/01/2011 ~ 05/01/2015)
       An Efficient Feature Descriptor and Its Real-time Applications
5.      Beau J. Tippetts (05/01/2008 ~ 02/29/2012)
       Stereo Vision for Resource Limited Systems
4.      Spencer G. Fowers (05/01/2008 ~ 04/19/2012)
       Limited-Resource Feature Detection, Description, and Matching
3.      Kirt D. Lillywhite (09/01/2006 ~ 02/28/2012)
       Feature Construction Using Evolution-COnstructed Features For General Object Recognition
2.      Zhaoyi (Roger) Wei (09/01/2005 ~ 04/30/2009)    
       Real-time Optical Flow Sensor Design and Its Application on Obstacle Detection
1.      Xiaoqian (Bridgette) Xu (09/01/2002 ~ 12//31/2006)   
       Shape Matching, Relevance Feedback, and Indexing with Application to Spine X-ray Image Retrieval

15  Joshua Broekhuijsen (06/01/2021 ~ 02/17/2023)
       A Deep Neural Network Approach to Keyboard-Free Typing
14   Jacob D.. Newman (09/01/2021 ~ 06/15/2022)
       Automated Pre-Play Analysis of American Football Formations Using Deep Learning
13   Alex S. McCown (01/01/2018 ~ 06/13/2019)
       Ultra Low Latency Visual Servoing for High Speed Object Tracking Using Multi Focal Length Camera Arrays
12   Samuel G. Fuller (01/01/2018 ~ 06/12/2019)
       Optimization and Hardware Implementation of SYBA - An Efficient Feature Descriptor
11   Matthew R. Heydorn (09/01/2017 ~ 03/28/2019)
       Increased Cyclist Safety Using an Embedded System
10   Lindsey A. Raven (09/01/2015 ~ 10/20/2017)
       A Robust Synthetic Basis Feature Descriptor Implementation and Its Applications Pertaining to Visual Odometry,  Object Detection, and Image Stitching
9     Yunan Liu (09/01/2014 ~ 06/14/2016)
       Intermediary System Using Image Classification for Online Shopping 
8     Yung-Ping Chang (09/01/2011 ~ 06/30/2013)
       Gesture Analysis for Human-Computer Interface Using Profile-matching Stereo Vision
7     Brandon Taylor (09/01/2009 ~ 03/01/2012)
       Smart Phone-based Indoor Guidance System for the Visually Impaired
6     Beau J. Tippetts (05/01/2006 ~ 04/30/2008)
       Real-time implementation of vision algorithms for control, stabilization, and target tracking, for a hovering micro-UAV
5     Spencer G. Fowers (05/01/2006 ~ 04/30/2008)
       Sabilization and Control of a Quad-Rotor Micro-UAV Using Vision Sensors
4     Christopher R. Greco (09/01/2006 ~ 04/30/2008)
       Real-time Forward Urban Environment Perception for an Autonomous Vehicle Using Computer Vision and LIDAR
3     Ammon Christiansen (09/01/2005 ~ 04/30/2007)
       Finding relevant PDF medical journal articles by the content of their figures as well as their text
2     Jonathan D. Anderson (01/04/2005 ~ 04/30/2007)
       Semi Autonomous Vehicle Intelligence: Real Time Target Tracking for Vision Guided Autonomous  Vehicles 
1     Paul C. Merrell ( 09/01/2003 ~ 04/30/2005)
       Structure from Motion Using Optical Flow Probability Distributions

Kimi Wright

September 08, 2023 09:59 AM
Start Date : September 1, 2023

Benjamin Orr

November 28, 2023 12:18 PM
Start Date : October 26, 2023

45.Kimi Wright09/01/2023-
44.Yi-Xiang (Sean)Yang06/12/23-08/18/23