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Image Sensor System With Bio-Inspired Efficient Coding and Adaptation

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2 Author(s)
Hirotsugu Okuno ; Osaka University, Suita, Japan ; Tetsuya Yagi

We designed and implemented an image sensor system equipped with three bio-inspired coding and adaptation strategies: logarithmic transform, local average subtraction, and feedback gain control. The system comprises a field-programmable gate array (FPGA), a resistive network, and active pixel sensors (APS), whose light intensity-voltage characteristics are controllable. The system employs multiple time-varying reset voltage signals for APS in order to realize multiple logarithmic intensity-voltage characteristics, which are controlled so that the entropy of the output image is maximized. The system also employs local average subtraction and gain control in order to obtain images with an appropriate contrast. The local average is calculated by the resistive network instantaneously. The designed system was successfully used to obtain appropriate images of objects that were subjected to large changes in illumination.

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IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 4 )