A brain-like approach to multistage hierarchical image processing

  • Leonid I. Timchenko
  • Yuri F. Kutaev
  • Maxim A. Grudin
  • Serge V. Chepornyuk
  • David M. Harvey
  • Alexander A. Gertsiy
Poster Session C: Compression, Hardware & Software, Image Databases, Neural Network, Object Recognition & Reconstruction
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1311)


Multistage integration of visual information in the brain allows people to respond quickly to most significant stimuli while preserving the ability to recognize small details in the image. Implementation of this principle in technical systems can lead to more efficient processing procedures. The multistage approach to image processing, described in this paper, comprises both main types of cortical multistage convergence. One of these types occurs within each visual pathway and the other between the pathways This approach maps input images into a flexible hierarchy which reflects the complexity of the image data. The multistage system highlights spatial regularities, which are passed through a number of transformational levels to generate a coded representation of the image which encapsulates, in a computer manner, structure on different hierarchical levels in the image. At each processing stage a single output result is computed to allow a very quick response from the system. The result is represented as an activity pattern, which can be compared with previously computed patterns on the basis of the closest match.


Temporal Decomposition Hierarchical Level Processing Level Multistage Processing Parallel Channel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonid I. Timchenko
    • 1
  • Yuri F. Kutaev
    • 2
  • Maxim A. Grudin
    • 3
  • Serge V. Chepornyuk
    • 1
  • David M. Harvey
    • 3
  • Alexander A. Gertsiy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Optoelectronic DevicesVinnitsa State Technical Univ.Ukraine
  2. 2.State Scientific Enterprise “ASTROPHISICA”MoscowRussia
  3. 3.School of Electrical Eng, Electronics and PhysicsLiverpool John Moores Univ.UK

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