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20 June 2017

INT – 0294

High speed imaging using SPAD arrays

Location: DST Group, Edinburgh, South Australia

Duration: 4 months

Skills required

The project is seeking a candidate with knowledge and experience in:

  • MatLab
  • Programming skills that include C++
  • Image processing
  • Sensor processing and algorithms
  • GPU programming (desirable)

Project Background

AMSIIntern has an exciting opportunity with DST Group

DST Group is the Australian government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests. DST Group’s vision is to be a world leader in defence science and technology – indispensable in transforming the Australian Defence Force and Australia’s national security.

Research to be conducted

Working under close supervision with a range of experts in computer/FPGA programming and image processing the project requires experimental testing in the laboratory or the field in support of SPAD imagery collection. There are three main facets to this work including:

  • Familarisation with hardware especially Altera FPGA and software as they relate to SPAD array imaging systems and FPGAs for both passive and active applications.
  • Development of software in MatLab and C++. The emphasis will be on high speed imaging.
  • Characterisation of sensor and/or laboratory/field demonstration.

Expected outcomes

AMSI Intern projects are collaborative research partnerships between the Industry Partner, Intern and Academic Mentor with the aim to address a specific challenge identified by Industry. They are not consultancy projects delivered by students.

As part of the research and development in the area of Weapons Guidance Technology, key project activities will include:

  1. Developing the high speed imaging capability in a MatLab & C++ environment and/or other software as appropriate.
  2. Develop understanding of the critical parameters in the application of the SPAD sensor technology.
  3. Use of MatLab tools to process a series of images collected both actively (i.e. using a laser) and passively. Assess the performance of the sensor in various environments.
  4. Display collected imagery in other alternative 3D methods.
  5. Characterise sensor and the effect of various parameters in image collection.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Upgraded capability of the LADAR real time imaging system including the development of passive alternatives.
  2. Upgraded capability of SPAD imaging software tools.
  3. Upgraded capability of the GUI control and data logging system for the LADAR seeker

Additional details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 50% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the AMSI Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD or Masters student currently enrolled at an AMSI member institution.
  • PhD or Masters by Research candidature must be confirmed.
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university.