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Astroglial-neural networks, diffusion-enhancement bilayers, and spatiotemporal grouping dynamics
Author(s): Robert K. Cunningham; Allen M. Waxman
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Paper Abstract

A network is described that can be used for multiple targets grouping and tracking or directing a vision system's focus of attention. The network models a biologically plausible astroglial- neural network in the visual cortex whose parameters are tuned to match a psychophysical database on apparent motion. The architecture consists of a diffusion layer and a contrast- enhancement layer coupled by feedforward and feedback connections; input is provided by a separate feature extracting layer. The dynamics of the diffusion-enhancement bilayer exhibit grouping of static features on multiple scales as a function of time, and long-range apparent motion between time varying inputs. The model is cast as a parallel analog circuit which is realizable in VLSI. We present simulations that reproduce static grouping phenomena useful for multiple target grouping and tracking over multiple scales, demonstrate several long-range apparent motion phenomena, and discuss single targets that split, and multiple targets that merge.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1611, Sensor Fusion IV: Control Paradigms and Data Structures, (30 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57941
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Robert K. Cunningham, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
Allen M. Waxman, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1611:
Sensor Fusion IV: Control Paradigms and Data Structures
Paul S. Schenker, Editor(s)

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