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Optical image processing for the future...

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Optical image processing has promised much since its inception in the late sixties. Since then optical correlation has been used in areas from pattern recognition through to optical computing, but it has always been shadowed by Moore’s law and the inevitable development of high speed electronics. One area where optical image processing has always had an advantage is in applications where the quantity of data to be processing is so large that it is only really feasible to process it with a parallel technology such as optics.

Recently we have developed an optical free space processing engine capable of performing first and second order differential operations in parallel in both 2D and 3D . This has created a lot of interest in the computational fluid dynamics arena where such operations areroutine on very large and cumbersome datasets. In this talk we shall discuss the continuing battle between optics and electronics in data processing applications and show that optical technology still has a clear edge.

This talk is part of the IET Cambridge Network - Lectures series.

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