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Neural networks are widely used in pattern recognition, security applications and robot control. We propose a hardware architecture system; using Tiny Neural Networks (TNN) specialized in image recognition. The generic TNN architecture allows expandability by means of mapping several Basic units (layers) and dynamic reconfiguration; depending on the application specific demands. One of the most important features of Tiny Neural Networks (TNN) is their learning ability. Weight modification and architecture reconfiguration can be carried out at run time. Our system performs shape identification by the interpretation of their singularities. This is achieved by interconnecting several specialized TNN. The results of several tests, in different conditions are reported in the paper. The system detects accurately a test shape in almost all the experiments performed. The paper also contains a detailed description of the system architecture and the processing steps. In order to validate the research, the system has been implemented and was configured as a perceptron network with backpropagation learning and applied to the recognition of shapes. Simulation results show that this architecture has significant performance benefits.
Date of Conference: 10-13 Nov. 2008