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Applications Of Artificial Intelligence To Computer-Aided Lens Design
Author(s): Donald C . Dilworth
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Paper Abstract

A major research project at OSD involves investigating the potentials of artificial intelligence (AI) when applied to the problem of computer-aided lens design. Two primary approaches have been taken to date: natural-language interfacing and the use of expert systems. The first allows the user to communicate with an intelligent processor routine to alter or inquire about nearly any lens or system parameter. Many different sentence syntaxes are parsed by the program, which determines what the sentence means and then acts accordingly. The second, and potentially more powerful application, provides a means for the software to "learn" about optics by studying a set of lenses designed by experts, and formulating its own rules for going about the design process. In essence, the results of the program are not predetermined by the programmer, and the results get better as the program learns more. Finding starting points and escaping from local minima are two typical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0766, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop, (10 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940208
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Donald C . Dilworth, Optical Systems Design, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0766:
Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop
Robert E. Fischer; Carmina Londono, Editor(s)

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