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Spatial transformation architectures with applications: an introduction
Author(s): Mark S. Schmalz
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Paper Abstract

Spatial transformations (STs) constitute an important class of image operations, which include the well-known affine transformation, image rotation, scaling, warping, etc. Less well known are the anisomorphic transformations among cartographic projections such as the Mercator, gnomonic, and equal-area formats. In this preliminary study, we introduce a unifying theory of spatial transformation, expressed in terms of the Image Algebra, a rigorous, inherently parallel notation for image and signal processing. Via such theory, we can predict the implementational cost of various STs. Since spatial operations are frequently I/O-intensive, we first analyze the I/O performance of well-known architectures, in order to determine their suitability for ST implementation. Analyses are verified by simulation, with emphasis upon vision-based navigation applications. An additional applications area concerns the remapping of visual receptive fields, which facilitates visual rehabilitation in the presence of retinal damage.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1961, Visual Information Processing II, (27 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150981
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Mark S. Schmalz, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1961:
Visual Information Processing II
Friedrich O. Huck; Richard D. Juday, Editor(s)

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