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Object Recognition by a Hopfield Neural Network
Author(s): Wei Li; Nasser M. Nasrabadi
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Paper Abstract

A model-based object recognition technique is introduced in this paper to identify and locate an object in any position and orientation. The test scenes could consist of an isolated object or several partially overlapping objects. A cooperative feature matching technique is proposed which is implemented by a Hopfield neural network. The proposed matching technique uses the parallelism of the neural network to globally match all the objects (they may be overlapping or touching) in the input scene against all the object models in the model-database at the same time. For each model, distinct features such as curvature points (corners) are extracted and a graph consisting of a number of nodes connected by arcs is constructed. Each node in the graph represents a feature which has a numerical feature value and is connected to other nodes by an arc representing the relationship or compatibility between them. Object recognition is formulated as matching a global model graph, representing all the object models, with an input scene graph representing a single object or several overlapping objects. A 2-dimensional Hopfield binary neural network is implemented to perform a subgraph isomorphism to obtain the optimal compatible matching features between the two graphs. The synaptic interconnection weights between neurons are designed such that matched features belonging to the same model receive excitatory supports, and matched features belonging to different models receive an inhibitory support or a mutual support depending on whether the input scene is an isolated object or several overlapping objects. The coordinate transformation for mapping each pair of matched nodes from the model onto the input scene is calculated, followed by a simple clustering technique to eliminate any false matches. The orientation and the position of objects in the scene are then calculated by averaging the transformation of correct matched nodes. Some simulation results are shown to illustrate the performance of the system for scenes containing an isolated object or several overlapping objects. Finally the performance of the proposed technique is compared with that of a relaxation technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1990
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 1192, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques, (1 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.969756
Show Author Affiliations
Wei Li, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)
Nasser M. Nasrabadi, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1192:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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