Robustness of cellular neural networks in image deblurring and texture segmentation

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Template parameters of cellular neural networks (CNNs) should be robust enough to random variability of VLSI tolerances and noise. Using the CNN for image processing, one of the main problems is the robustness of a given task in a real VLSI chip. It will be shown that very different tasks such as 2D or 3D deconvolution and texture segmentation can be solved in a real VLSI CNN environment without significant loss of efficiency and accuracy under low precision (about 6-8 bits) and random variability of the VLSI parameters. The CNN turns out to be very robust against template noise, image noise, imperfect estimation of templates and parameter accuracy. The parameters of a template are tuned using genetic learning. These optimized parameters depend on the precision of the architecture. It was found that about 6-8 bits of precision is enough for a complicated multilayer deconvolution, while only 4 bits of precision is enough for difficult texture segmentation in the presence of noise and parameter variances. The tolerance sensitivity of template parameters is considered for VLSI implementation. Theory and examples are demonstrated by many results using real-life microscopic images and natural textures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-396
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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