University of Hong Kong’s AI anomaly detection technology wins multiple awards at International Exhibition of Inventions


10th May 2023 – (Hong Kong) The University of Hong Kong’s Sports Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed the “Artificial Intelligence MGF Network for Anomalies Detection” technology, which won two special grand prizes and a gold medal at the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. The technology uses Glance and Focus AI Anomalies Detection to analyse human posture and movements in real-time video, detecting accurately and effectively abnormal situations such as falls, fainting, drowning, fighting, and abuse.

Using artificial intelligence and deep learning, the technology can detect skeleton joint points for estimations of movements and poses, and identify in real-time possible abnormal situations in a video, raising an alarm and providing timely alerts for rescue efforts. The system performs with the same accuracy and effectiveness for thermal images, accurately detecting body movements in thermal images without compromising personal privacy.

The research team has established partnerships with relevant organizations for applications of the new technology, such as in children and elderly care facilities, in swimming pools for drowning alerts, and in analyzing pedestrian movements and postures at traffic light junctions to allow for a smart extension of crossing time for those in need.

In addition to the “Artificial Intelligence MGF Network for Anomalies Detection” technology, other HKU research teams from various faculties and laboratories have also won awards at the exhibition, showcasing the university’s commitment to innovation and creative solutions.