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Artificial neural network approach for moiré fringe center determination
Author(s): Wing Hon Woo; Mani Maran Ratnam; Kin Sam Yen
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Paper Abstract

The moiré effect has been used in high-accuracy positioning and alignment systems for decades. Various methods have been proposed to identify and locate moiré fringes in order to relate the pattern information to dimensional and displacement measurement. These methods can be broadly categorized into manual interpretation based on human knowledge and image processing based on computational algorithms. An artificial neural network (ANN) is proposed to locate moiré fringe centers within circular grating moiré patterns. This ANN approach aims to mimic human decision making by eliminating complex mathematical computations or time-consuming image processing algorithms in moiré fringe recognition. A feed-forward backpropagation ANN architecture was adopted in this work. Parametric studies were performed to optimize the ANN architecture. The finalized ANN approach was able to determine the location of the fringe centers with average deviations of 3.167 pixels out of 200 pixels (≈1.6%) and 6.166 pixels out of 200 pixels (≈3.1%) for real moiré patterns that lie within and outside the training intervals, respectively. In addition, a reduction of 43.4% in the computational time was reported using the ANN approach. Finally, the applicability of the ANN approach for moiré fringe center determination was confirmed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2015
PDF: 17 pages
J. Electron. Imaging. 24(6) 063021 doi: 10.1117/1.JEI.24.6.063021
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 24, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Wing Hon Woo, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
Mani Maran Ratnam, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
Kin Sam Yen, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

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