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Integrated Optical Motion Detection


Tanner, John Edward (1986) Integrated Optical Motion Detection. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/PK3H-CM61.


Two systems for detecting the motion of a scene are described. For both, an image is projected directly onto an integrated circuit that contains photosensors and computing circuitry to extract the motion. The first system, which has been reported earlier, correlates the analog image with a digitized version of the image stored from the previous cycle. The chip reports the motion that corresponds to the maximum analog correlation value. This system represents an advance from previous designs but exhibits some shortcomings.

A second completely analog design surpasses the first. The mathematical foundation is derived and the CMOS circuits used in the implementation are given. Test results and characterization of the working chips are reported. The new motion detector is not clocked and exhibits collective behavior. The use of local information extensively avoids the correspondence problem. The system can be thought of as a Hopfield neural net with one important extension—input driven synapses. The motion detector also meshes nicely with the existing computational vision work. Extensions to handle more complex motions are proposed. The suitability of the motion extraction algorithm as a biological vision model is explored.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Computer Science
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Computer Science
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Mead, Carver
Thesis Committee:
  • Mead, Carver (chair)
  • Hopfield, John J.
  • Barr, Alan H.
  • Lyon, Richard F.
  • Van Essen, David C.
Defense Date:15 May 1986
Funding AgencyGrant Number
System Development FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03102008-081506
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ID Code:914
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Deposited On:14 Mar 2008
Last Modified:03 Nov 2021 23:36

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