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Type: Conference paper
Title: Velocity estimation and comparison of two insect-vision-based motion-detection models
Author: Rajesh, S.
O'Carroll, D.
Abbott, D.
Citation: Smart materials, structures, and systems : 12-14 December 2002, Bungalore, India / S. Mohan, B. Dattaguru, S. Gopalakrishnan (eds.), pp. 401-412
Publisher: SPIE
Issue Date: 2003
Series/Report no.: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering ; 5062
ISBN: 0819448680
ISSN: 0277-786X
Conference Name: Smart materials, structures, and systems (2002 : Bungalore, India)
Editor: Mohan, S.
Dattaguru, B.
Gopalakrishnan, S.
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Sreeja Rajesh, David C. O'Carroll, and Derek Abbott
Abstract: Insects are blessed with a very efficient yet simple visual system which enable them to navigate with great ease and accuracy. Though a lot has been done in the field of insect vision, there is still not a clear understanding of how velocity is determined in biological vision systems. The dominant model for insect motion detection, first proposed by Hassentein and Reichardt in 1956 has gained widespread acceptance in the invertebrate vision community. The template model, proposed later by Horridge in 1990, permits simple tracking techniques and lends itself easily to both hardware and software. Analysis and simulation by Dror suggest that the inclusion of additional system components to perform pre-filtering, response compression, integration and adaptation, to a basic Reichardt correlator can make it less sensitive to contrast and spatial structure thereby providing a more robust estimate of local image velocity. It was found from the data obtained, from the intracellular recordings of the steady state responses of wide field neurons in the hoverfly Volucella, that the shape of the curves obtained, agreed perfectly with the theoretical predictions made by Dror. In order to compare it with the template model, an experiment was done to get the velocity response curves of the template model using the same image statistics. The results leads us to believe that the fly motion detector emulates a modified Reichardt correlator.
Rights: Copyright © 2003 SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
DOI: 10.1117/12.514887
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