Kazuhiro Shimonomura

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We designed a VLSI binocular vision system that emulates the disparity computation in the primary visual cortex (V1). The system consists of two silicon retinas, orientation chips, and field programmable gate array (FPGA), mimicking a hierarchical architecture of visual information processing in the disparity energy model. The silicon retinas emulate a(More)
We describe the reliable vergence eye movement control of a binocular robot vision system based on a disparity computation in the primary visual cortex (V1). The system consists of two silicon retinas, simple cell chips, and an FPGA. The silicon retinas emulate a Laplacian-Gaussian (&#x25BD;<sup>2</sup>G)-like receptive field of the vertebrate retina. The(More)
In this paper, we designed and fabricated a multichip neuromorphic analog very large scale integrated (aVLSI) system, which emulates the orientation selective response of the simple cell in the primary visual cortex. The system consists of a silicon retina and an orientation chip. An image, which is filtered by a concentric center-surround (CS) antagonistic(More)
The visual system of the brain can perceive an external scene in real-time with extremely low power dissipation, although the response speed of an individual neuron is considerably lower than that of semiconductor devices. The neurons in the visual pathway generate their receptive fields using a parallel and hierarchical architecture. This architecture of(More)
A 100 x 100 pixel analog silicon retina was fabricated. The two functions of the silicon retina were verified: a Laplacian-Gaussian-like spatial filtering and a subtraction of consecutive frames. The analog silicon retina fabricated in the present study has matured from a development prototype to full-scale practical usefulness. Furthermore, we have(More)
We describe a binocular vision system that emulates disparity computation in the neuronal circuit of the primary visual cortex (V1). The system consists of two sets of silicon retinas and simple cell chips that correspond to the binocular vision and field programmable gate array (FPGA) circuit. This arrangement mimics the hierarchical architecture of the(More)
A silicon retina is an intelligent vision sensor that can execute real-time image preprocessing by using a parallel analog circuit that mimics the structure of the neuronal circuits in the vertebrate retina. For enhancing the sensor's robustness to changes in illumination in a practical environment, we have designed and fabricated a silicon retina on the(More)
Small aerial vehicles, like quadrotor, have a high potential to be helpful tools in first response scenarios like earthquakes, landslides and fires. But even simple tasks like holding position and altitude can be challenging to accomplish by a human operator and even more challenging autonomously. When outdoors, using GPS and pressure sensors is feasible,(More)
We describe an aerial robot equipped with an upward directed hand on top of a quadrotor airframe for realizing an aerial manipulation task at high altitude, considering a work space above the robot. The aerial robot in this study consists of a small quadrotor platform, a robotic hand module including a gripper and slider mechanism, and an embedded vision(More)