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6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
» Intelligence systems
» Software, Data Processing
The Informatics and Telematics Institute of CERTH has long experience on image and signal
processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. It has participated in several related European
FP6 and FP7 (e.g. 3D-TV, Attest, Intervuse, ISMAEL, NESLIE etc) and national projects. ITI-CERTH.
Our team has developed techniques for fire and smoke detection for forest fires, for 3D wildfire
simulation and visualization and 3-D reconstruction from multiple images for cultural heritage
We have also conducted a collaborative research with BILKENT the above areas. The Bilkent team of
Prof. Cetin is one of the leading research organizations in the area of fire and smoke detection.
Bilkent University has installed camera based video fire and smoke detection systems at wildfire look
out towers in the Mediterranean and Aegean regions of Turkey during the last three years. These
systems will be operated by the General Directorate of Forestry (GDF).
In the bilateral project called “Video Based Outdoor Fire and Smoke Detection”, supported by GSRT
and TUBITAK, ITI-CERTH focused on the study and development of appropriate fire detection
algorithms based on the visual identification of fire and smoke. All algorithms were tested using
videos from real forest fires.
ITI-CERTH and Bilkent also worked together during the 3DTV project on a Fire propagation software
and 3D visualization of the propagation information on GIS such as GoogleEarthTM.
FIRESENSE (Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of
Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions, 2009-2012) is a new
FP7 Environment (including Climate Change) STREP project, coordinated by ITI-CERTH. The project
plans to combine multiple sensing technologies (including optical, IR cameras and a WSN of small
temperature sensors) as well as meteorological data, to achieve faster and better fire and smoke
detection in order to efficiently protect regions/sites of cultural importance.