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Embedded industrial solutions

Competence

Under embedded industrial solutions, we are specialised to develop machine vision systems for industry automation and microscope applications, to develop sensor prototypes with wireless data interfaces, to develop DSP algorithms for signal extraction using multichannel spectral and statistical analysis, and to develop hardware prototypes of embedded microprocessor systems. Our expertise fields include developing and choosing suitable optics, illumination, cameras, frame grabbers, and software. We are able to select, develop, and execute optimal image-processing algorithms. We also have broad experience with various microcontrollers. We know how to build low-power embedded systems or cost-effective hardware-in-the-loop systems with fault injection capabilities.

Automatic quality control with machine
vision for laser diodes. (Microscope application).

Challenges

Automated image processing and machine vision applications are becoming more complex, and application areas are growing wider. Sensor fusion has become more important to overcome different areas and environments where camera systems won’t work ideally.

Also embedded and complex systems are becoming more common in industry. Development time and safety validation are critical.

Solutions

We can develop and build suitable machine vision solutions for industry, and we have an excellent network of partners to build large systems. We have the ability to understand the whole process and select appropriate components and software to find a correct solution. We have a large collection of different optics and illumination solutions for microscope applications. We also have HIL systems for rapid development.

Benefits

  • ability to develop and build complex and specific solutions for target environments
  • comprehensive understanding of microscale phenomena
  • large network of research partners and companies.

HIL systems:

  • software development and testing environment
  • expensive field tests can be replaced by laboratory testing
  • possibility to test the system in rare circumstance
  • safety validation.

References and merits

In the Centre of Excellence at the Academy of Finland CoE in White Biotechnology – Green Chemistry Research, VTT develops embedded electronics, machine vision, and photonics to be applied for observation and analysis of bioreactors that utilize microbial cultures.

We have developed embedded monitoring technology for driver monitoring and supporting home living for elder people. This has been done in projects like Sensation-EU-FP6-IP and HeartCycle-EU-FP7. A DSP-based module has been developed that can be integrated in car’s seat or bed. This module can monitor position, pulse, and breathing rate.

Sensor seat foil for measuring the driver's drowsiness.

BIOPULSE: FinNano research project has developed two-photon laser polymerization technology for submicron resolution 3D biomaterial structuring.

ÄLLI: studies several laser processing methods and their automation.

Photonics4Life: European network of Excellence for life science research in biophotonics.

NEURO: Academy of Finland project for developing embedded electronics and thin film substrates for electrophysiology measurement of neural cells in vitro.

SUBITO: European FP7 project develops computer vision applications for recognition and tracking of owners of unattended baggage in airports.

AMMO: development of automated machine vision for embryo analyses in in vitro fertilization treatments.

AHAA: Advanced handling, assembly, and testing technologies for mini/micro systems. Development of automated machine vision system for quality control (incl. positioning) of microscale components.

CAP: Research for automatic data collection and analyzing system to analyze a driver’s driving performance (for driving schools and transport companies).


Additional information

Jouko Viitanen
Research Professor
+358 20 722 3639

Jukka Laitinen
Senior Research Scientist, Team Leader
+358 20 722 3637

Henrik Huovila
Senior Research Scientist, Team Leader
+358 20 722 3612

Additional information

Jouko Viitanen
Research Professor
+358 20 722 3639

Jukka Laitinen
Senior Research Scientist, Team Leader
+358 20 722 3637

Henrik Huovila
Senior Research Scientist, Team Leader
+358 20 722 3612

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