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Modeling biological visual processes for improved contrast enhancement and edge detection of artificial visual systems
Author(s): David L. Enke; Cihan H. Dagli
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Paper Abstract

Although the properties of the human visual system have been studied extensively, the knowledge of its operations are usually considered only for comparison, and models based on its function are rarely utilized. Complexity and speed of computation are often the most quoted reasons for choosing not to implement such models. Nonetheless, if we are to achieve the flexibility and power of the biological visual system, researchers would be wise to continue to explore practical, yet comprehensive models based on human vision. This paper examines the first stage of the primate visual system, the retina, and how simple models of its neurons, along with their properties and interactions, can mimic what is presently believed to be some of the initial forms of visual image processing. A static model based on the previously explored ideas of shunting dynamics will be presented along with the introduction of image (photoreceptor) blurring, driven by feedback from the shunting network. Simulations are used to demonstrate the model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2760, Applications and Science of Artificial Neural Networks II, (22 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.235927
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David L. Enke, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)
Cihan H. Dagli, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2760:
Applications and Science of Artificial Neural Networks II
Steven K. Rogers; Dennis W. Ruck, Editor(s)

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