Observation and interaction in experimental environments

sQuid is an open-source C++/Qt application for observing environments using multiple high-speed cameras, while interacting with these environments through a port interface. We envision that this application will be very useful in scientific research as well as robotics.

In our experiments, we control a system of LEDs and valves while multiple cameras capture visual information from the environment. Specifically, fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are placed within a transparent chamber to visualize their behavior. While capturing images from two cameras, we simultaneously control a series of LEDs to excite fluorescence proteins, and generate gas flow by controlling a series of valves.

sQuid has been developed during my PhD thesis for an independent project conducted in collaboration with Pavan Ramdya.

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