June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Computers in Education
Title: Using IR Cameras beyond outreach: motivational projects for engineering students
Abstract As a follow-on to our paper at ASEE last year that described the use of infrared (IR) cameras for K-12 outreach, this paper will describe how we are also using IR cameras for projects that better motivate our own engineering students. In particular, we are presenting students in a digital image processing course with a current engineering challenge for IR cameras: how to use images from both an IR sensor and a visible-light sensor on the same unit to provide a greatly enhanced IR image using specific features from the visible-light image. This is a state-of-the-art technique, sometimes called “image fusion,” that is used in certain modern IR cameras, and to make it work an engineer must take into account the different resolutions, field of view (FOV), and other aspects of the two image sensors. Coming up with a workable approach to image fusion is a difficult problem, and it draws upon all of the foundational image processing techniques the students have learned in the course. The students were told about this end-of-semester challenge project at the beginning of the semester, and its direct tie to current industrial practice has both excited and motivated the students. The 30 students involved in this work come from a senior-level section (all EE majors) and a graduate-level section (a mix of EE and ME majors) of the digital image processing course. Student assessment on the effect of this project will be provided, along with a comparison with the previous offerings of this same course (over the past 12 years) that did not include such an end-of-semester challenge project. A summary of IR camera capabilities and examples of student solutions will also be provided.
Wright, C. H. G., & Welch, T. B. (2017, June), Using IR Cameras beyond outreach: motivational projects for engineering students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29079
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