• Baseline and triangulation geometry in a standard plenoptic camera

      Hahne, Christopher; Aggoun, Amar; Velisavljević, Vladan; Fiebig, Susanne; Pesch, Matthias (Springer, 2017-09-22)
      In this paper, we demonstrate light field triangulation to determine depth distances and baselines in a plenoptic camera. The advancement of micro lenses and image sensors enabled plenoptic cameras to capture a scene from different viewpoints with sufficient spatial resolution. While object distances can be inferred from disparities in a stereo viewpoint pair using triangulation, this concept remains ambiguous when applied in case of plenoptic cameras. We present a geometrical light field model allowing the triangulation to be applied to a plenoptic camera in order to predict object distances or to specify baselines as desired. It is shown that distance estimates from our novel method match those of real objects placed in front of the camera. Additional benchmark tests with an optical design software further validate the model’s accuracy with deviations of less than 0:33 % for several main lens types and focus settings. A variety of applications in the automotive and robotics field can benefit from this estimation model.
    • A closed-loop reciprocity calibration method for massive MIMO in terrestrial broadcasting systems

      Luo, Hua; Zhang, Yue; Huan, Li-Ke; Cosmas, John; Aggoun, Amar; University of Bedfordshire; Brunel University; Cobham Wireless (IEEE, 2016-09-22)
      Massive multi-input multioutput (MIMO) is believed to be an effective technique for future terrestrial broadcasting systems. Reciprocity calibration is one of the major practical challenges for massive MIMO systems operating in time-division duplexing mode. A new closed-loop reciprocity calibration method is investigated in this paper which can support online calibration with a higher accuracy compared to the existing methods. In the first part of the proposed method, an optimized relative calibration is introduced using the same structure of traditional relative calibration, but with less impaired hardware in the reference radio chain. In the second part, a test device (TD)-based calibration is proposed which makes online calibration possible. An experiment setup is built for the measurement of the base station hardware impairments and TD-based calibration implementation. Simulation results and the error vector magnitude of UE received signal after calibration show that the performance of our proposed method is improved significantly compared to the existing relative calibration methods.
    • A hybrid approach for image super-resolution of light field images

      Farag, Saber; Velisavljević, Vladan; Aggoun, Amar (IEEE, 2017-09-22)
      Recent advances in camera technologies has led to the design of plenoptic cameras. This camera type can capture multiple images of the same scene using arrays of microlenses, where each microlens has a shifted location providing a separate view of the scene. Such a design results in a superior performance as compared to traditional cameras, enabling multi-view or multi-focal imaging captured in a single shot. However, currently available plenoptic cameras are limited in spatial resolution, which makes it difficult to use them in applications where sharpness or high resolution is key, such as the film industry. Our paper presents a novel light field hybrid super-resolution method that combines two classical super-resolution techniques for efficient application to plenoptic images. After this combination, we first segment the output hybrid super-resolution image into the objects of interest. Afterward, we apply sparse representation to super resolve the segmented image. This technique helps to improve the quality by decrease computations for light field images and extract significant features from the objects of interest. We demonstrate the gain achieved by the novel method as compared to the current relevant approaches in terms of both PSNR and SSIM for various enhanced spatial resolutions.
    • Pulse oximetry optical sensor using oxygenbound haemoglobin

      Cohen, Zachary Joel Valentino; Haxha, Shyqyri; Aggoun, Amar; University of Bedfordshire (Optical Society of America, 2016-05-02)
      In this paper we report a unique approach to measuring oxygen saturation levels by utilising the wavelength of the haemoglobin instead of the conventional absorption difference. Two experiments are set up to measure the wavelength of the haemoglobin bound to oxygen at different oxygen saturation levels with the help of a spectrometer. We report a unique low cost and robust wavelength monitoring SpO2 sensor that measures the SpO2 by using the colour of the blood and not the absorption difference of oxyhaemoglobin and deoxyhaemoglobin. With use of a spectrometer, we show that the wavelength of the oxygen-bound haemoglobin has a relation to the oxygen saturation level. The proposed device is designed and experimentally implemented with a colour sensor to measure the SpO2 level of the blood.
    • Real-time refocusing using an FPGA-based standard plenoptic camera

      Hahne, Christopher; Lumsdaine, Andrew; Aggoun, Amar; Velisavljević, Vladan; University of Bedfordshire; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (IEEE, 2018-03-22)
      Plenoptic cameras are receiving increased attention in scientific and commercial applications because they capture the entire structure of light in a scene, enabling optical transforms (such as focusing) to be applied computationally after the fact, rather than once and for all at the time a picture is taken. In many settings, real-time inter active performance is also desired, which in turn requires significant computational power due to the large amount of data required to represent a plenoptic image. Although GPUs have been shown to provide acceptable performance for real-time plenoptic rendering, their cost and power requirements make them prohibitive for embedded uses (such as in-camera). On the other hand, the computation to accomplish plenoptic rendering is well structured, suggesting the use of specialized hardware. Accordingly, this paper presents an array of switch-driven finite impulse response filters, implemented with FPGA to accomplish high-throughput spatial-domain rendering. The proposed architecture provides a power-efficient rendering hardware design suitable for full-video applications as required in broadcasting or cinematography. A benchmark assessment of the proposed hardware implementation shows that real-time performance can readily be achieved, with a one order of magnitude performance improvement over a GPU implementation and three orders ofmagnitude performance improvement over a general-purpose CPU implementation.