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Peter Kovesi

Adjunct Professor
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)


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Peter is a computer vision and image analysis consultant.  He
completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at the
University of Western Australia in 1981. This was followed by a Master
of Engineering Science in the area of kinematic control of robot arms
in 1984.  From 1984 to 1991 Peter was a research engineer with the
Automated Sheep Shearing Project in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at UWA. It was during this time that he developed his
interest in computer vision.  In 1991 Peter joined the School of
Computer Science & Software Engineering at The University of Western
Australia.  His PhD, completed in 1996, studied the construction of
invariant low-level image measures from local phase information for
applications in computer vision.  In around 2000 Peter started
interacting with the CET Geophysics and Image Analysis Group,
initially through a series of informal projects. In 2010 he joined the
CET in a part-time capacity which continued until 2015.

Peter has had visiting positions at The Stanford Research Institute
Robotics Research Group as an International Fellow; The Department of
Engineering Science, Oxford University with the Robotics Group as
a visiting scholar; and INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France with the
ROBOTVIS group under a French Government Fellowship.  He has also
spent periods as a visiting academic at The Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, NZ; The Department
of Systems Engineering, ANU; and the School of Computer Science,
University of Adelaide.

Key Research

Peter's research interests involves applying computer vision and
visualisation techniques to geological and geophysical images, with
particular interests in feature detection, segmentation, texture
analysis, and photogrammetry.  Some of this work has been
commercialised through the CET Grid Analysis and the CET Porphyry
Detection extensions for Geosoft Oasis Montaj.  A large collection of
his public domain software is available at his website
MATLAB and Octave Functions for Computer Vision and Image