Quality-of-service guarantees for wireless computer vision

James Griffioen, W. Brent Seales, Rajendra Yavatkar

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This paper describes a cost effective and scalable design for a distributed active vision system that consists of mobile cameras, a cluster of high-performance workstations interconnected by a high bandwidth network, and a wireless LAN that connects mobile cameras with the computing cluster. The goal is to support a wireless vision platform that can quickly be moved within a large wireless cell-space by hand, via remote control, or autonomously. The vision algorithms are redesigned to minimize the hardware needed on the mobile platform, and to make us of a distributed network of high-speed nodes accessible by the wireless host machine. This work addresses three problem areas in a distributed active vision system: the design of distributed algorithms for real-time vision processing, the need for network protocol support to achieve real-time guarantees across the wireless network connection, and development of a distributed processing framework. In particular, we present designs to address three aspects of the wireless network protocol problem: providing deterministic guarantees over a multiple access wireless channel, efficient recovery from lost or corrupted packets, and synchronization of video streams. We use active stereo vision and dynamic focus control as examples of the kind of vision tasks that can be supported by this environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsPaul S. Schenker, Gerard T. McKee
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1995
EventSensor Fusion and Networked Robotics VIII - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Duration: Oct 23 1995Oct 24 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceSensor Fusion and Networked Robotics VIII
CityPhiladelphia, PA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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