QuantIC doctoral student’s paper published in Optics Express

QuantIC doctoral student’s paper published in Optics Express

Emma Le Francois, a doctoral student in the research group led by Martin Dawson, Johannes Herrnsdorf and Michael Strain at the University of Strathclyde, has published a paper in the journal Optics Express which has been selected for a press release by the Optical Society of America.

Emma’s paper considered how LED illumination could provide 3D images to advance surveillance and robotic applications.

As LEDs replace traditional lighting systems, they bring more smart capabilities to everyday lighting. While you might use your smartphone to dim LED lighting at home, researchers have taken this further by tapping into dynamically controlled LEDs to create a simple illumination system for 3D imaging.

“Current video surveillance systems such as the ones used for public transport rely on cameras that provide only 2D information,” said Emma. “Our new approach could be used to illuminate different indoor areas to allow better surveillance with 3D images, create a smart work area in a factory, or to give robots a more complete sense of their environment.”

“Deploying a smart-illumination system in an indoor area allows any camera in the room to use the light and retrieve the 3D information from the surrounding environment,” said Le Francois. “LEDs are being explored for a variety of different applications, such as optical communication, visible light positioning and imaging. One day the LED smart-lighting system used for lighting an indoor area might be used for all of these applications at the same time.”

To read the full paper in Optical Express click here.