Adaptive fovea structures for space-variant sensors

  • Pelegrín Camacho
  • Fabián Arrebola
  • Francisco Sandoval
Poster Session B: Active Vision, Motion, Shape, Stereo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1310)


In this paper we describe the architecture and data structure of space-variant sensors with reconfigurable cartesian geometries. The ability of these sensors to change the position and size of their high resolution regions or electronic foveas, makes them suitable to compensate the limited performance or coarse fixation characteristics of the mechanical systems utilized for gaze tasks in active vision applications where size, weight or cost could be conditioning factors to the performance or feasibility of the whole system. An alternative to the implementation of these sensors is based on off-the-shelf CCD cameras and devices with reconfiguration capabilities, such as FPGAs. In this way, besides the multiresolution data output, sensor reconfiguration systems let generate additional data adapted to the functions of the higher level modules of the active vision systems. As a result of this computing capability at the sensor level, it is possible to unload the processing stages of certain tasks without penalty in time or significant addition of hardware. An approach to selective foveation tasks and motion detection is presented.


Motion Detection Visual Sensor Resolution Level Active Vision Binary Mask 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pelegrín Camacho
    • 1
  • Fabián Arrebola
    • 1
  • Francisco Sandoval
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. Tecnología Electrónica - E.T.S. Ingenieros de TelecomunicaciónUniversidad de MálagaMálagaSpain

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