CRVI

College technology transfer centers in robotics, vision and AI

Cégep de Lévis Lauzon

CRVI’s mission is to harness the potential of artificial intelligence in robotics and vision to make companies more competitive.

Through applied research, technology transfer and support in the fields of industrial robotics, digital vision and artificial intelligence, the Centre de robotique et de vision industrielles supports companies wishing to increase their productivity and competitiveness through innovation. In doing so, the CRVI is a key player in Québec in the implementation of advanced technologies and moving towards a real transition to Industry 4.0.

The CRVI boasts a team of multidisciplinary experts and research infrastructures including industrial equipment at the cutting edge of technology.

CRVI

205, route Mgr-Bourget, bureau G272 Lévis G6V 6Z9 418 833-1965

General Expertises

  • 3D scanning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Artificial vision
  • Automation
  • Digital imaging
  • Digital technologies
  • Imaging and illumination
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Industry 4.0
  • Intelligent vehicles
  • Internet of Things
  • Logistics
  • Mechanization
  • Navigation and transportation logistics
  • Optical engineering
  • Optics and photonics
  • Robotics
  • Smart cities
  • Telecommunications (networking, GPS, 4G, 5G)
  • Welding

Specific expertises

Computer vision and IA

  • Artificial intelligence applied to 2D and 3D image processing
    • Algorithm development
    • Machine learning: Deep learning, neural networks, classification, data mining (big data)
    • Optimized programming for parallel processing
  • Design and calibration of optical systems and lighting control
    • Image processing: Image enhancement, noise reduction, segmentation, object detection, color correction
    • Sensor calibration: Optical aberration correction, sensor modeling and simulation, target calibration (radiometric and geometric), SNR estimation
    • Spectral analysis and infrared imaging
  • Fields of application:
    • Artificial vision
      • Agronomy
      • Defect detection
      • Increased robotic precision
      • Wood processing
      • Wind turbines
    • Scene comprehension: Target classification and recognition
      • Games and Simulation Software
      • Video surveillance
    • 3D object recognition and reconstruction
      • Inspection
      • Human and animal biometrics
      • Plant morphology
      • Metal components
      • Robot trajectory generation

Robotics

  • Collaborative Robotics (4.0)
  • Advanced and Autonomous Robots (4.0)
    • Adaptive multipass welding 
    • Adaptive welding with Servo Robot camera
    • Increased precision
    • Random bin picking
    • Robotics expertise
    • Trajectory generation from 3D scans
  • Conventional Processes
    • Adhesive distribution
    • Handling
      • Machine tending
      • Pick and place
    • Multi-robot programming
    • Robot painting
    • Robot welding
    • Welding processes: GMAW – MCAW – FCAW – GTAW – PLASMA
  • Mobile Robots Programming and Fleet Management Systems


Areas of intervention

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Applied physics
  • Civil engineering
  • Civil security/safety
  • Connected health
  • Digital technologies
  • Electronics and microelectronics
  • Environment
  • Environmental technologies
  • Forestry
  • Home support
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Intelligent vehicles
  • Medical equipment
  • Mining
  • Navigation and transportation logistics
  • Renewable energies
  • Smart cities
  • Telecommunications (networking, GPS, 4G, 5G)
  • Transportation

Examples of applications

  • Adaptive and real-time 3D vision system for the modeling of orthoses and prostheses
  • Development of a ROS interface with Vortex Studio
  • Digitization and 3D reconstruction system for automated measurement of the human body
  • Embedded vision and control system for a mobility assistance robot
  • Embedded vision system for automated counting of aquatic specimens
  • Intelligent laser marking system for aluminum ingots
  • Off-line programming of welding robots in a context of small batches
  • Optical measurement of the slip speed of steel furnace electrodes
  • Optical system for operating a circular greenhouse
  • Segmentation of images for 3D modeling of prostheses
  • Study of a vision system for the dimensional inspection of composite fibers in aerospace
  • Thickness control and robotization of the drilling step using machine vision
  • Vision system for the detection of stains on surgical instruments
  • Vision system for visual inspection of printed labels

Equipments

Robotics

  • 3 Welding cells (sources: Fronius (MIG, TIG & Plasma) / Lincoln (MIG))
  • CR-35iA (Fanuc) collaborative robot with 3D area system (Fanuc)
  • Fanuc M-1 parallel robot
  • Local Robotic Training: 3 M-10 robots and 4 LR Mate 200iD robots (Fanuc)
  • Multi-robot cell (3 Fanuc robots, 2 RobotiQ grippers)
  • Robotic simulator (Fanuc, ABB, Kuka, Motoman, etc.)
  • Serial robots 4 to 60 kg payload (Fanuc, ABB, Kuka, Motoman)

Vision & IA

  • IBM Power 9 server
  • Power AI Licence and Tensorflow
  • Optical tables
  • Linear axes
  • Lighting
  • Lens
  • 2D and 3D (laser triangulation, stereo, etc.)
  • Color and 3CCD
  • High speed
  • High magnification
  • Hyperspectral cameras
  • Multi-spectral, visible near-infrared
  • Infrared: thermal, NIR and SWIR
  • Intelligent cameras
  • Linear cameras
  • Frame Grabbers
  • GPGPU cards
  • 3D metrology system
  • Metrology software
  • Simulation and prototyping software
  • Multi-GPU + Multi-CPU high performance computing center
  • Libraries for vision programming
  • Specialized software