Foveal machine vision systems

Cesar Bandera, Peter D. Scott

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A class of machine vision systems is proposed, called foveal vision systems. These systems, modeled after advanced biological vision, feature space-variant (variable-resolution) imager topologies and a closed-loop system architecture. The imager topology is characterized by resolution which is high at the center of the sampling lattice and which decreases with distance from the center. The central axis is controlled by feedback from higher-level algorithms, allowing the allocation of sampling resources to the region(s) of interest and resulting in greater relevant information from the imager yet permitting considerable reduction in data. Preliminary investigations have demonstrated reductions in data structure size and computations of several orders of magnitude relative to conventional implementations. The savings factors increase with field-of-view and resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-599
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes
Event1989 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Part 1 (of 3) - Cambridge, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 14 1989Nov 17 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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