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Focus of Attention in Systems For Visual Monitoring of Experiments
Author(s): G. E. Blank; W. N. Martin
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Paper Abstract

In any computer vision system capable of monitoring sufficiently-complex, dynamic scenes, the following two properties will be essential in order to ensure efficient and timely operation: the overall system is designed such that the processes concentrate their computational effort in areas where important features are likely to be identified, not wasting much time on irrelevant data, and the analysis of the image data can be broken down and handled in parallel by cooperating processes. In this paper a computerized sys-tem for visually monitoring life sciences experiments on board a space station will be described. In addition, a hypothetical monitoring task will be discussed in order to demonstrate how knowledge of the moni-tored environment can aid in both the division of labor among parallel, coordinated, image-analyzing processes, and also the ability of the system to focus its efforts on relevant information. The approach taken here is to conceive of the vision system as a particular type of expert system in which knowledge of the monitored domain is incorporated in the form of rules.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0729, Space Station Automation II, (20 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.964879
Show Author Affiliations
G. E. Blank, University of Virginia (United States)
W. N. Martin, University of Virginia (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0729:
Space Station Automation II
Wun C. Chiou Sr., Editor(s)

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