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A domain independent adaptive imaging system for visual inspection

A domain independent adaptive imaging system for visual inspection

Panayiotou, Stephen (1995) A domain independent adaptive imaging system for visual inspection. PhD thesis, University of Greenwich.

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Computer vision is a rapidly growing area. The range of applications is increasing very quickly, robotics, inspection, medicine, physics and document processing are all computer vision applications still in their infancy. All these applications are written with a specific task in mind and do not perform well unless there under a controlled environment. They do not deploy any knowledge to produce a meaningful description of the scene, or indeed aid in the analysis of the image.

The construction of a symbolic description of a scene from a digitised image is a difficult problem. A symbolic interpretation of an image can be viewed as a mapping from the image pixels to an identification of the semantically relevant objects. Before symbolic reasoning can take place image processing and segmentation routines must produce the relevant information. This part of the imaging system inherently introduces many errors. The aim of this project is to reduce the error rate produced by such algorithms and make them adaptable to change in the manufacturing process. Thus a prior knowledge is needed about the image and the objects they contain as well as knowledge about how the image was acquired from the scene (image geometry, quality, object decomposition, lighting conditions etc,). Knowledge on algorithms must also be acquired. Such knowledge is collected by studying the algorithms and deciding in which areas of image analysis they work well in.

In most existing image analysis systems, knowledge of this kind is implicitly embedded into the algorithms employed in the system. Such an approach assumes that all these parameters are invariant. However, in complex applications this may not be the case, so that adjustment must be made from time to time to ensure a satisfactory performance of the system. A system that allows for such adjustments to be made, must comprise the explicit representation of the knowledge utilised in the image analysis procedure.

In addition to the use of a priori knowledge, rules are employed to improve the performance of the image processing and segmentation algorithms. These rules considerably enhance the correctness of the segmentation process.

The most frequently given goal, if not the only one in industrial image analysis is to detect and locate objects of a given type in the image. That is, an image may contain objects of different types, and the goal is to identify parts of the image. The system developed here is driven by these goals, and thus by teaching the system a new object or fault in an object the system may adapt the algorithms to detect these new objects as well compromise for changes in the environment such as a change in lighting conditions. We have called this system the Visual Planner, this is due to the fact that we use techniques based on planning to achieve a given goal.

As the Visual Planner learns the specific domain it is working in, appropriate algorithms are selected to segment the object. This makes the system domain independent, because different algorithms may be selected for different applications and objects under different environmental condition.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:
Uncontrolled Keywords: imaging systems, adaptive optics, data analysis,
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QC Physics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Computer Systems Technology
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2018 16:22

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