Dr. Hamed Tabkhi Advances Public Safety with AI in NSF Spotlight

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Dr. Hamed Tabkhi takes the spotlight in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program for his pioneering work in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for public safety. His project, “Building Safe and Secure Communities through Real-Time Edge Video Analytics,” combines computer vision, behavioral analysis, and edge computing to address urban safety concerns. The initiative, which actively engages the local community, has already demonstrated success with two operational test beds using existing CCTV cameras, prioritizing behavioral analysis over appearance-based recognition tactics. Dr. Tabkhi envisions the project expanding citywide and extending applications to diverse safety concerns, emphasizing its educational impact by attracting local students to UNC Charlotte for advanced studies and research opportunities.

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