A custom computing framework for orientation and photogrammetry
Author(s)Fiore, Paul D. (Paul David), 1963-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Berthold K.P. Horn.
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There is great demand today for real-time computer vision systems, with applications including image enhancement, target detection and surveillance, autonomous navigation, and scene reconstruction. These operations generally require extensive computing power; when multiple conventional processors and custom gate arrays are inappropriate, due to either excessive cost or risk, a class of devices known as Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) can be employed. FPGAs per the flexibility of a programmable solution and nearly the performance of a custom gate array. When implementing a custom algorithm in an FPGA, one must be more efficient than with a gate array technology. By tailoring the algorithms, architectures, and precisions, the gate count of an algorithm may be sufficiently reduced to t into an FPGA. The challenge is to perform this customization of the algorithm, while still maintaining the required performance. The techniques required to perform algorithmic optimization for FPGAs are scattered across many fields; what is currently lacking is a framework for utilizing all these well known and developing techniques. The purpose of this thesis is to develop this framework for orientation and photogrammetry systems.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2000.Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-223).This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.