An Experimental Vision System for Industrial Application
by Agin, Gerald J.
Technical Note 103
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Note: Submitted to 5th International Symposium on Industrial Robots, September 22- 24, 1975, Chicago, Illinois. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant GI-38100Xl, with the supplementary support of twelve industrial affiliates.
This paper describes an experimental computer vision system being developed as part of the Stanford Research Institute Industrial Automation Project. A primary objective of the project is to develop efficient, cost effective methods that can take advantage of the flexibility afforded by low-cost minicomputers. Controlled illumination is used to produce binary images of silhouettes or high-contrast details. An interactive programming system allows construction of strategies for recognition or explicit inspection, making use of various measurements that may be derived from the image. Results and timings are presented for several applications of the system to representative industrial problems.