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Challenges in the evolution of advanced imaging systems
Author(s): Keith Lewis
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Paper Abstract

Many of the more challenging goals set for future defence systems require a paradigm shift in imaging technology. Processes of bio-inspiration can inform the evolution of new imaging systems, especially those that exploit the benefits of computational imaging. Modern computing power shifts the emphasis away from costly highly engineered optical assemblies to lightweight systems exploiting algorithmic image reconstruction techniques. Yet some spiders are able to process several optical fields of different angular dimensions at the same time, which is a pre-requisite when organisms sense their environments using compound eye architectures. Some of the benefits of exploiting the parallels existing between evolutionary processes in biology and optical engineering are highlighted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6714, Adaptive Coded Aperture Imaging and Non-Imaging Sensors, 671402 (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.741457
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Keith Lewis, Sciovis Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6714:
Adaptive Coded Aperture Imaging and Non-Imaging Sensors
David P. Casasent; Timothy Clark, Editor(s)

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