Artificial compound eye: a survey of the state-of-the-art


An artificial compound eye system is the bionic system of natural compound eyes with much wider field-of-view, better capacity to detect moving objects and higher sensitivity to light intensity than ordinary single-aperture eyes. In recent years, renewed attention has been paid to the artificial compound eyes, due to their better characteristics inheriting from insect compound eyes than ordinary optical imaging systems. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art work on artificial compound eyes. This review starts from natural compound eyes to artificial compound eyes including their system design, theoretical development and applications. The survey of artificial compound eyes is developed in terms of two main types: planar and curved artificial compound eyes. Finally, the most promising future research developments are highlighted.


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Artificial compound eyeImage reconstruction, Depth estimation, Motion detection, Extended depth of field, Large field-of-view imaging


Wu, S. et al. (2016) Artificial compound eye: a survey of the state-of-the-art. Artificial Intelligence Review, 48 (4), pp. 573-603


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Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI)