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Special Guest Editorial: Optical Pattern Recognition: An Overview
Author(s): A. VanderLugt

Paper Abstract

During a recent trip I waited for my suitcase after a heavily loaded flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles. As the various baggage items appeared on the conveyor, I reflected on the general problem of pattern recognition. The bags came in various shapes, colors, sizes, and orientations: my eyes casually scanned them as they appeared, and I found that I could quickly dismiss those that did not match my mental image of my own bag. I immediately recognized my bag when it appeared (it does have some distinctive scars after years of service) and resumed my trip to the hotel. While I was waiting, I also found time to observe the people gathered in the baggage area to see if there was anyone I recognized. Again, I was reminded of how subtle differences in facial expression, posture, and general body style allow us to instantly recognize people we know.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1984
PDF: 2 pages
Opt. Eng. 23(6) 236688 doi: 10.1117/12.7973363
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 23, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
A. VanderLugt, Harris Government Systems Sector (United States)

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