Last year, I joined the research group run by Dr. Sambit Bhattacharya and Dr. Bogdan Czejdo, both of whom are faculty at Fayetteville State University. The research is funded by CREU which is an undergraduate research program designed to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups entering graduate studies in computer science. This CREU is a joint project of CRA-W and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), with support from the National Science Foundation.
Our research group was split into two teams: One group studied swarm robotics, while the other group studied human surveillance in videos. I belonged to the human surveillance team. Our research objective was to develop algorithms capable of real-time human detection in an area of interest from standalone video processing systems, as well as extracting simple (linear time and movement) tracks data. One of the things that we discovered as we worked was that many of the the things that the other team was working on were directly applicable to what we needed to do, and vice versa. Because of this, there ended up being a free form flow of information between the two groups. This year, our research is going to be somewhat different, but just as exciting.