Faculty Advisor

Huang, Xinming


This project focuses on using Infrared technology in partnership with various filtering algorithms to implement a pedestrian detection system on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Currently pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the road. Every day there are millions of vehicles on the road and conditions such as inclement weather, poor lighting, traffic and other road hazards restrict the visibility of drivers which increases the risk to pedestrians. In addition, human error is known to be one of the leading causes of accidents. With the use of a pedestrian detection system which utilizes infrared technology, we are able to remove some of the hazards and provide an additional sense of awareness to the driver to reduce the occurrence of accidents and save lives.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering