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Optimization of a hardware implementation for pulse coupled neural networks for image applications
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Paper Abstract

Pulse Coupled Neural Networks are a very useful tool for image processing and visual applications, since it has the advantages of being invariant to image changes as rotation, scale, or certain distortion. Among other characteristics, the PCNN changes a given image input into a temporal representation which can be easily later analyzed for pattern recognition. The structure of a PCNN though, makes it necessary to determine all of its parameters very carefully in order to function optimally, so that the responses to the kind of inputs it will be subjected are clearly discriminated allowing for an easy and fast post-processing yielding useful results. This tweaking of the system is a taxing process. In this paper we analyze and compare two methods for modeling PCNNs. A purely mathematical model is programmed and a similar circuital model is also designed. Both are then used to determine the optimal values of the several parameters of a PCNN: gain, threshold, time constants for feed-in and threshold and linking leading to an optimal design for image recognition. The results are compared for usefulness, accuracy and speed, as well as the performance and time requirements for fast and easy design, thus providing a tool for future ease of management of a PCNN for different tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7703, Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, Neural Networks, Biosystems, and Nanoengineering VIII, 77030O (12 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850778
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Jesús Gimeno Sarciada, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Horacio Lamela Rivera, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Cardinal Warde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7703:
Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, Neural Networks, Biosystems, and Nanoengineering VIII
Harold H. Szu; F. Jack Agee, Editor(s)

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