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Dr Shidrokh Goudarzi

Research Fellow

Academic and research departments

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


JINZHENG ZHAO, PEIPEI WU, SHIDROKH GOUDARZI, XUBO LIU, JIANYUAN SUN, Yong Xu, WENWU WANG (2022)Visually Assisted Self-supervised Audio Speaker Localization and Tracking

—Training a robust tracker of objects (such as vehicles and people) using audio and visual information often needs a large amount of labelled data, which is difficult to obtain as manual annotation is expensive and time-consuming. The natural synchronization of the audio and visual modalities enables the object tracker to be trained in a self-supervised manner. In this work, we propose to localize an audio source (i.e., speaker) using a teacher-student paradigm, where the visual network teaches the audio network by knowledge distillation to localize speakers. The introduction of multi-task learning, by training the audio network to perform source localization and semantic segmentation jointly, further improves the model performance. Experimental results show that the audio localization network can learn from visual information and achieve competitive tracking performance as compared to the baseline methods that are based on the audio-only measurements. The proposed method can provide more reliable measurements for tracking than the traditional sound source localization methods, and the generated audio features aid in visual tracking.

Intensity Particle Flow (IPF) SMC-PHD has been proposed recently for multi-target tracking. In this paper, we extend IPF-SMC-PHD filter to distributed setting, and develop a novel consensus method for fusing the estimates from individual sensors, based on Arithmetic Average (AA) fusion. Different from conventional AA method which may be degraded when unreliable estimates are presented, we develop a novel arithmetic consensus method to fuse estimates from each individual IPF-SMC-PHD filter with partial consensus. The proposed method contains a scheme for evaluating the reliability of the sensor nodes and preventing unreliable sensor information to be used in fusion and communication in sensor network, which help improve fusion accuracy and reduce sensor communication costs. Numerical simulations are performed to demonstrate the advantages of the proposed algorithm over the uncooperative IPF-SMC-PHD and distributed particle-PHD with AA fusion.

SHIDROKH GOUDARZI, WENWU WANG, PEI XIAO, Lyudmila Mihaylova, Simon Godsill (2022)UAV-enabled Edge Computing for Optimal Task Distribution in Target Tracking

—Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are useful devices due to their great manoeuvrability for long-range outdoor target tracking. However, these tracking tasks can lead to sub-optimal performance due to high computation requirements and power constraints. To cope with these challenges, we design a UAV-based target tracking algorithm where computationally intensive tasks are offloaded to Edge Computing (EC) servers. We perform joint optimization by considering the trade-off between transmission energy consumption and execution time to determine optimal edge nodes for task processing and reliable tracking. The simulation results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed UAV-based target tracking on the predefined trajectory over several existing techniques. Index Terms—Edge computing (EC), task offloading, un-manned aerial vehicle (UAV)