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Pattern recognition

The visual cortex is excellent in pattern recognition.

Pattern recognition software mimics visual perception by searching an image for a specific pattern. This field of computer science was first developed in the 1950s at academic institutions such as the M.I.T. A.I. Lab. It is commonly used in Computer Aided Machinery[?] (CAM), robotics, computer vision, and machine vision.

Pattern recognition includes both Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and the identification of outlines, facial features, and textures.

Pattern recognition requires a video camera or some other scanning device to capture images. These images are then used as inputs to computer processing software that can read text, identify a face, or specify the location of any object the system has been trained to recognize.

The process of pattern recognition may be described as follows:

  1. A digital video camera images an area in which the object to be recognized is expected to appear
  2. A "framegrabber" computer card captures an image from the camera's video output and stores it in computer memory as an individual digital image
  3. An algorithm detects edges and/or other features of interest in the captured image
  4. Another algorithm analyzes the processed image and determines if a specific pattern exists or not

Hidden edges can be extrapolated from 2D data to generate 3D datasets for robotics control in a 6 Degrees of Freedom[?] (6 DOF) environment. Dual cameras for binocular vision are also used.

See also:


  • Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork (2000) Pattern classification (2nd edition) , Wiley, ISBN 0471056693

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