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An algorithm to detect traffic offences

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a novel algorithm that can analyse traffic movement and aid in detection of unusual vehicular behaviour.
“We’re aiming to develop an algorithm to identify dominant flow paths along different directions and using these paths to detect any anomalies such as a vehicle moving beyond the speed limit or travelling along an unusual path”, says Srinivas, a member of the team that developed the new method.
Video cameras have long been used for surveillance of myriads of activities, from crowd behaviour analysis to traffic monitoring. Conventionally, such activities were analysed or monitored by human personnel. In recent years, thanks to proliferation of surveillance cameras, we are dumped with so much of data that it has become too expensive to analyse them through traditional methods. Hence, computerised techniques are being developed to assist security personnel in analysing such videos.

Historical note: Computers in India

The development of computing in India is inextricably intertwined with two interacting forces; the political climate (determined by the political party in power) and the government policies, mainly driven by the technocrats and bureaucrats who acted within the boundaries drawn by the political party in power, besides some external forces.

A potential therapeutic for septic shock

We sometimes hear of post-surgery infections, which can even result in untimely death. A single efficient drug with the potential to combat the sudden and rapid spread of sepsis in the intensive care units of hospitals has been developed.