Thesis Proposals

Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

    • Thesis with an external company or at Politecnico di Torino

      Virtual humans and their applications

      Virtual humans (or digital humans) are simulations of human beings on computers, which are considered today a kind of commodity in movies, video games and the entertainment domain in general. In fact, virtual humans are getting commonplace in various industries and domains, from medicine, to film, fashion, education, furniture, automobile, telecommunications, etc. Depending on the application, various level of ...
    • Thesis with an external company or at Politecnico di Torino

      Immersive driving simulations and autonomous vehicles

      Autonomous vehicles are routinely advertized as the world-changing invention that will greatly impact people lives by, on the one hand, improving safety, reducing fuel consumption and decreasing urban infra-structure strains, and, on the other hand, freeing up huge amounts of time for their occupants, who will be allowed to read, consume, work, play, etc. Despite the enormous business opportunities, autonomous ...
    • Thesis with an external company or at Politecnico di Torino

      Serious games and virtual/augmented reality for emergency management

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      Several collaborations are in place with various institutions (Italian Airforce, Piedmont Region Civil Protection and Forest Firefighting Unit, Frejus Tunnel Authority, Fire and Rescue Department of the Savoy Region, France, etc.) involved in emergency management. In this context, a number of serious games and interactive experiences leveraging Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality have been ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Cyber-sickness mitigation techniques in virtual scenarios

      Cyber-sickness is a disorder characterized by symptoms like nausea or discomfort, that can happen meanwhile or after using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Similarly to motion sickness, it is mainly caused by inconsistency between visual and aural stimuli from the simulated virtual environment and the expected feedback from the vestibular system. Several mitigation and prevention techniques have been proposed ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Dealing with Field of View of HMDs in immersive flight simulators

      Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) headsets (HMD) are commonly capable of Field of Views (FOVs) of about 100°. Just a few of them are able to better fit the human range of 220°, but at a remarkable higher cost, weight and bulkiness. For many application scenarios indeed such a (limited) FOV is more than adequate to fulfill the required task. In some other applications instead, such as cockpit simulators for ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Virtual upper limb embodiment

      The thesis will focus, in collaboration with Computer Graphics and Vision Group (CGVG. prof. A. Bottino) and with IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Dr. G. Barresi), on the design, the implementation, and the experimental use of a virtual setting to improve/train the integration – embodiment – of a simulated upper limb in the body scheme of an individual. Such an approach is currently explored to improve ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Performance improvement in early training: comparing computer- and VR-based tools

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      In literature there are many works that attest the effectiveness of virtual reality in the educational field, but the comparison between different teaching technologies / tools has not been investigated so far. The student goal is to perform a benchmark between a traditional e-learning / e-assessment tool (Computer Based Training) and an immersive Virtual Reality System (VRS). The task examined is related to a ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Virtual equine respiratory endoscopy system for educational purposes in veterinary medicine

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      Respiratory endoscopy is a frequently performed exam in equine medicine. The learning curve for performing endoscopic procedures is made up by the sum of the acquisition of medical knowledge and technical/manual expertise. The latter is significantly hampered by the paucity of occasions during which the students can perform themselves the procedure in educational settings. In this context, the thesis aims to ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Note-taking tools for Virtual and Mixed Reality Training systems

      It is a quite common habit for many students and trainees to take notes during lectures. Nowadays, independently of the kind of notes made (annotation on didactic material, original text, schemes, etc.), the two prevalent approaches to produce notes are handwriting (on paper or digital supports) and keyboard typing (on writing software). However, due to the technological limitations and specificities of ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      3D Reconstruction and VR visualization of nuclear scattering events

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      Reconstruction of the complete kinematics of a collision between particles at accelerators is a fundamental step in the investigation of subtle processes hidden in the 10-15 m and 10-23 s space-time windows where the interaction takes place. The study of pion – Helium nucleus interaction at the temperature at which a transition phase from a bound nucleus to a gas of fermions is expected to occur is of high ...

Computer Graphics, Computer Animation and Human-Machine Interaction

    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Animating Virtual Characters into Immersive Environments

      Generating computer animations, particularly of virtual characters, is a very labor-intensive task, which requires animators to operate with sophisticated interfaces. Hence, researchers continuously experiment with alternative interaction paradigms that could possibly ease the above task. Among others, sketching represents a valid alternative to traditional interfaces since it can make interactions more ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      A virtual agent for learning how to use Blender

      Modeling and animation suites, like Blender or Autodesk Maya, are de facto the standard software used by professional developers to generate virtual/animated scenes. Although they provide high flexibility in terms of available functionalities, they are usually characterized by a step-learning curve. The difficulties in using these suites make them not accessible to novice users. The goal behind this thesis is ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Human-Robot interactions in the performing arts

      In recent years, social robots have been widely adopted in different application domains due to the development of electronic hardware and artificial intelligence systems. Even in the context of public exhibitions and theatrical performances, several studies have focused on experiences that involve the interactions and/or collaboration between robots and the audience. Involving robots in this field opens to ...

Machine & Deep Learning, Computer Vision and Visual Analytics

    • Thesis with an external company

      Machine and deep learning techniques for sports analytics

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      Several thesis proposals are available in the context of sport analytics in collaboration with Deltatre (https://www.deltatre.com/). In particular, proposals span three different areas: data analysis, computer vision and natural language processing. A general description of the main aims of the various proposals in these areas are reported below. Further details will be provided in dedicated calls that can be ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Integrating high-level semantics and deep learning for image understanding

      Artificial Intelligence agents are required to learn from their surroundings and to reason about the knowledge that has been learned in order to make decisions. While state-of-the-art deep learning typically uses distributed representations, reasoning is normally useful at a higher level of abstraction. As a result, attempts at combining symbolic AI and neural computation into neural-symbolic systems have been ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Quantitative analysis of face representations in the digital era

      Multiple thesis projects are available within the context of an EU-funded project dedicated to investigating the meaning of the face in present-day digital cultures following a cross-disciplinary approach and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The project focuses on how users represent their identity in the digital world and in particular on social networks. Other sources of images that may be ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Computer vision techniques for mobile testing

      Many End-to-End (E2E) testing tools allow developers to create repeatable test scripts that mimic a human user's interaction with the application and evaluate its response. Various paradigms of testing tools have been defined that are differentiated based upon the way the widgets are located on the GUI (e.g., text, images, layout properties). This thesis falls within the visual GUI testing paradigm scope, where ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Self-supervised techniques for medical image representation learning

      Training deep neural networks require large scale annotated datasets which are often difficult to collect in the medical domain. As a consequence, a plethora of small and very specialized datasets have emerged. The medical domain would extremely benefit from more general purpose models that can be applied to a variety of problems. A possible strategy to overcome this issue is to leverage self-supervised ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Deep learning techniques for digital mammography analysis

      Multiple thesis are available within the AIBIBANK (Bio-Banking for Artificial Intelligence) project. Research activities at DAUIN, developed in collaboration with HealthTriage srl, aim at developing deep learning-based components for the automated screening of digital mammography images. In early cancer prevention programs, women undergo biennal exams in which up to four, high-resolution images are acquired. ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Contrastive and prototypical explanations for computer vision

      Deep convolutional neural network are the de-facto state of the art approach for computer vision tasks. However, a major drawback of these models is their black-box nature - that is, the inability to provide human-understandable information about their inner decision process. The goal of the thesis is to develop a pipeline for explaining black-box classifiers (e.g., CNNs) for computer vision tasks. ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Optimizing batch normalization for small to medium batch sizes

      Batch normalization has been a key enabler in the training of very deep neural networks. However, it suffers from a number of drawbacks including slow updates, instability with small batch sizes, different behaviors at training and inference times, and platform-dependent implementations than hinder research reproducibility. Recently, variations on batch normalization techniques, including batch-norm-free ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Compensating dataset bias with high-level semantic prior

      Deep neural networks, such as convolutional neural networks, are sensitive to the presence of dataset bias, which arises when the distribution of training samples is skewed and conflates the presence of unrelated attributes. For instance, photos of wolves may be associated more frequently with a snowy background, photos of cats are typically taken indoor, photos of bikes are typically associated with sunny ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Ensemble learning and optimization techniques for deep neural networks

      Supervisors: Lia Morra
      When training deep networks, often different network parameter training protocols produce network instances with more or less different generalization properties. Recent studies show how through statistical techniques it is possible to derive, from an ensemble of networks with different generalization characteristics, an effective network with better generalization characteristics than those of the starting ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Explaining and monitoring black-box machine learning models

      Responsible use of AI should extend beyond development to cover the whole development cycle, from the initial data collection phase to model deployment and continuous update. The purpose of this thesis is to study, design, implement and experimentally evaluate techniques to explain and monitor “black box” ML models – that is models for which only the input and output is known and available at inference ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      AI-powered driver style estimation

      The identification of the vehicle driving style is a basic knowledge to improve the vehicle management, control and maintenance strategy. The thesis aims to apply deep learning AI methods on the real-time vehicle data in order to identify a suitable driver model and use it to estimate the SoH (State of Health) of the actual driver. Activities could encompass the use of the both datasets collected on real ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Autonomous agent for driver mimicking

      The driving style is unique to each person and it affects the vehicle usage. The thesis aims to create an autonomous agent able to mimic the behavior of a specific driver, in order to perform adaptive DSE (Drive Style Estimation). This requires the agent to be able both to react properly to environmental stimuli and to tailor its behavior on the driver’s profile. Activities could encompass the use of the both ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Automatic recognition of particle tracks in nuclear scattering

      Reconstruction of the complete kinematics of a collision between particles at accelerators is a fundamental step in the investigation of subtle processes hidden in the 10-15 m and 10-23 s space-time windows where the interaction takes place. The study of pion – Helium nucleus interaction at the temperature at which a transition phase from a bound nucleus to a gas of fermions is expected to occur is of high ...

Miscellaneous

    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Best practices and technology scouting in the field of AgriTech

      The objective of this thesis is to conduct a thorough analysis of established and emerging practices and technology in the Agritech sector, with a specific focus on the Italian and European context. The research will be conducted in cooperation with a major insurance company. The key research questions are defined as follows:
      - What technologies are currently available or being developed in the AgriTech ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      User interface for the generation of general purpose (HW & SW) functional tests

      Supervisors: Fabrizio Lamberti
      The topic of this thesis proposal falls within the context of a collaboration of the GRAINS research group of the Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN) Department with CREA - COLLAUDI ELETTRONICI AUTOMATIZZATI S.R.L. in Ciriè (TO). The goal is to create, based on the outcomes of an already completed design phase, a visual environment for the development of functional tests capable to preserve a neat ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Blockchain and smart contracts: analysis, search and visualization

      The thesis aims at designing and developing a tool for the analysis of smart contracts deployed on existing blockchain platforms. The objective of the tool is to support the user in the identification of smart contracts' main characteristics (e.g., in terms of application field, type, tasks performed, interactions with other smart contracts, etc.), by also exploiting visualization techniques. The thesis student ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Blockchain technology and innovative use cases in insurance

      The thesis aims at investigating the State of Art of blockchain technology as well as at analyzing existing use cases at a European and worldwide level, with a particular focus on the insurance context. The objective is to identify how blockchain could contribute to the (r)evolution of the insurance sector. This thesis is particularly addressed to management engineers who are passionate about blockchain ...
    • Thesis with an external company

      Blockchain, smart contracts and oracles

      Smart contracts are a key element of blockchain technology, as they trigger transactions, when given conditions occur. A second key element, which is usually less considered, is the oracle, a service which is able to read information from the external word and injects data in the blockchain. This thesis aims at investigating oracles, in order to identify best practices to compare existing oracles or to ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Tools for the automatic comparison of blockchain frameworks

      In recent years, an increasing amount of blockchain frameworks have been developed. These frameworks vary in terms of performance, scalability, privacy, adoption, among other aspects. Consequently, choosing the "right" blockchain framework for a specific use case becomes a complex task. The objective of this thesis is to perform a classification of existing blockchain frameworks and designing/developing a ...
    • Thesis at Politecnico di Torino

      Blockchain and telematics

      The objective of this thesis is to explore how Usage-Based Insurance could benefit from blockchain technology. In particular, the student will develop a prototype of a telematics system able to automatically collect a fee from the driver as soon as he/she performs an aggressive manoeuvre (or to automatically reward him/her in case he/she has a calm/green driving style). The student will also investigate how ...