Alireza Akoushideh

Work place: Shahid-Chamran College, Technical and Vocational University, Tehran, Iran



Research Interests: Data Structures and Algorithms, Parallel Computing, Computer Architecture and Organization, Computer Vision


Alireza Akoushideh received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Electrical engineering from University of Guilan and Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 1997 and 2000, respectively. From 2001 until now, he is a faculty member of Technical and Vocational University, Shahid-Chamran community college, Rasht, Iran. He got his Ph.D. degree from Shahid-Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran in 2016. As a visiting researcher, he worked with the SCS group in the Twente University, the Netherlands from January to September 2015. He has taught courses in FPGA, microprocessor and microcontrollers, computer architecture, and digital circuits. His research interests include machine vision, texture analysis, FPGA implementation, and parallel processing.

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Parallel Implementation of a Video-based Vehicle Speed Measurement System for Municipal Roadways

By Abdorreza Joe Afshany Ali Tourani Asadollah Shahbahrami Saeed Khazaee Alireza Akoushideh

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Nov. 2019

Nowadays, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are known as powerful solutions for handling traffic-related issues. ITS are used in various applications such as traffic signal control, vehicle counting, and automatic license plate detection. In the special case, video cameras are applied in ITS which can provide useful information after processing their outputs, known as Video-based Intelligent Transportation Systems (V-ITS). Among various applications of V-ITS, automatic vehicle speed measurement is a fast-growing field due to its numerous benefits. In this regard, visual appearance-based methods are common types of video-based speed measurement approaches which suffer from a computationally intensive performance. These methods repeatedly search for special visual features of vehicles, like the license plate, in consecutive frames. In this paper, a parallelized version of an appearance-based speed measurement method is presented which is real-time and requires lower computational costs. To acquire this, data-level parallelism was applied on three computationally intensive modules of the method with low dependencies using NVidia’s CUDA platform. The parallelization process was performed by the distribution of the method’s constituent modules on multiple processing elements, which resulted in better throughputs and massively parallelism. Experimental results have shown that the CUDA-enabled implementation runs about 1.81 times faster than the main sequential approach to calculate each vehicle’s speed. In addition, the parallelized kernels of the mentioned modules provide 21.28, 408.71 and 188.87 speed-up in singularly execution. The reason for performing these experiments was to clarify the vital role of computational cost in developing video-based speed measurement systems for real-time applications.

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Motion-based Vehicle Speed Measurement for Intelligent Transportation Systems

By Ali Tourani Asadollah Shahbahrami Alireza Akoushideh Saeed Khazaee Ching. Y Suen

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 Apr. 2019

Video-based vehicle speed measurement systems are known as effective applications for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) due to their great development capabilities and low costs. These systems utilize camera outputs to apply video processing techniques and extract the desired information. This paper presents a new vehicle speed measurement approach based on motion detection. Contrary to feature-based methods that need visual features of the vehicles like license-plate or windshield, the proposed method is able to estimate vehicle’s speed by analyzing its motion parameters inside a pre-defined Region of Interest (ROI) with specified dimensions. This capability provides real-time computing and performs better than feature-based approaches. The proposed method consists of three primary modules including vehicle detection, tracking, and speed measurement. Each moving object is detected as it enters the ROI by the means of Mixture-of-Gaussian background subtraction method. Then by applying morphology transforms, the distinct parts of these objects turn into unified filled shapes and some defined filtration functions leave behind only the objects with the highest possibility of being a vehicle. Detected vehicles are then tracked using blob tracking algorithm and their displacement among sequential frames are calculated for final speed measurement module. The outputs of the system include the vehicle’s image, its corresponding speed, and detection time. Experimental results show that the proposed approach has an acceptable accuracy in comparison with current speed measurement systems.

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