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UCSD gets funding for security projects

The Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego won federal funding from three different groups for three separate research projects designed to aid Homeland Security agencies.

Work at the laboratory, a unit of UCSD's Jacobs School of Engineering, includes: A video application that scans faces in a public crowd and matches them against databases, funded by the Department of Defense's Technical Support Working Group for $170,000 over 12 months; a surveillance system that monitors coastlines for suspicious activity, funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research's Independent Applied Research over an unspecified amount of time; and software that turns a handheld computer into a remote tele-viewer, funded by the San Diego-based Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology for $75,000 over an unspecified amount of time.

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