Pulse-coupled neural network performance for real-time identification of vegetation during forced landing
Hayward, Ross F., Warne, David, Kelson, Neil A., Banks, Jasmine, & Mejias, Luis (2013) Pulse-coupled neural network performance for real-time identification of vegetation during forced landing. In 11th Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference, 1-4 December 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)
Safety concerns in the operation of autonomous aerial systems require safe-landing protocols be followed during situations where the a mission should be aborted due to mechanical or other failure. On-board cameras provide information that can be used in the determination of potential landing sites, which are continually updated and ranked to prevent injury and minimize damage. Pulse Coupled Neural Networks have been used for the detection of features in images that assist in the classification of vegetation and can be used to minimize damage to the aerial vehicle. However, a significant drawback in the use of PCNNs is that they are computationally expensive and have been more suited to off-line applications on conventional computing architectures. As heterogeneous computing architectures are becoming more common, an OpenCL implementation of a PCNN feature generator is presented and its performance is compared across OpenCL kernels designed for CPU, GPU and FPGA platforms. This comparison examines the compute times required for network convergence under a variety of images obtained during unmanned aerial vehicle trials to determine the plausibility for real-time feature detection.
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