Human presence detection project

I am Mohammad T Rahman, currently in my final year of PhD. My research
interests include image processing, algorithms for digital image
pipeline and human device interface.
I would like to propose a project on Beagle Board using its ARM and
DSP side. Title of the project could be something like this: Human
presence detection in a secure environment. A USB camera will be
attached with the Beagle Board covering a whole room or ROI of the
room. If any person enters the room without prior authentication the
system shall detect the position of the person, take a snapshot (maybe
a zoomed shot of that position, if optical zooming is not possible for
the camera we can do some digital zooming) and send that information
to another computer or mobile device along with a warning message. For
human detection in the scene a skin color based approach will be used.
If the lighting condition of the room is known, a predefined model can
be used. If not, an adaptive model is to be used.

This is just a high level overview. I will put more details soon. Let
me know your ideas and comments on this.

Mohammad Rahman
PhD student
University of Texas at Dallas