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AER image filtering
Author(s): F. Gómez-Rodríguez; A. Linares-Barranco; R. Paz; L. Miró-Amarante; G. Jiménez; A. Civit
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Paper Abstract

Address Event Representation (AER) is an emergent neuromorphic interchip communication protocol that allows real-time virtual massive connectivity among huge number of neurons located on different chips.[1] By exploiting high speed digital communication circuits (with nano-seconds timing), synaptic neural connections can be time multiplexed, while neural activity signals (with mili-seconds timings) are sampled at low frequencies. Neurons generate "events" according to their activity levels. That is, more active neurons generate more events per unit time and access the interchip communication channel more frequently than neurons with low activity. In Neuromorphic system development, AER brings some advantages to develop real-time image processing system: (1) AER represents the information like time continuous stream not like a frame; (2) AER sends the most important information first (although this depends on the sender); (3) AER allows to process information as soon as it is received. When AER is used in artificial vision field, each pixel is considered like a neuron, so pixel's intensity is represented like a sequence of events; modifying the number and the frequency of these events, it is possible to make some image filtering. In this paper we present four image filters using AER: (a) Noise addition and suppression, (b) brightness modification, (c) single moving object tracking and (d) geometrical transformations (rotation, translation, reduction and magnification). For testing and debugging, we use USB-AER board developed by Robotic and Technology of Computers Applied to Rehabilitation (RTCAR) research group. This board is based on an FPGA, devoted to manage the AER functionality. This board also includes a micro-controlled for USB communication, 2 Mbytes RAM and 2 AER ports (one for input and one for output).

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6592, Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems III, 659207 (22 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.724216
Show Author Affiliations
F. Gómez-Rodríguez, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
A. Linares-Barranco, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
R. Paz, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
L. Miró-Amarante, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
G. Jiménez, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)
A. Civit, Univ. de Sevilla (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6592:
Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems III
Paolo Arena; Ángel Rodríguez-Vázquez; Gustavo Liñán-Cembrano, Editor(s)

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