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Machine Vision, 3rd Edition by E. R. Davies

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Foreword

John Billingsley

University of Southern Queensland

An important focus of advances in mechatronics and robotics is the addition of sensory inputs to systems with increasing “intelligence.” Without doubt, sight is the “sense of choice.” In everyday life, whether driving a car or threading a needle, we depend first on sight. The addition of visual perception to machines promises the greatest improvement and at the same time presents the greatest challenge.

Until relatively recently, the volume of data in the images that make up a video stream has been a serious deterrent to progress. A single frame of very modest resolution might occupy a quarter of a megabyte, so the task of handling thirty or more such frames per second requires substantial ...

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