Improving an Optical Flow Estimator Inspired by Insect Biology using Adaptive Genetic Algorithms

Phillip S.M. Skelton, Anthony Finn, Russell S.A. Brinkworth

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Abstract

Computer vision algorithms that make use of optical flow are constantly increasing in complexity, especially in the context of elaborated algorithms that are heavily inspired by biology. To develop upon and utilise these algorithms for realworld tasks, their extensive parameter sets need to be tuned. Due to algorithmic complexity, and non-linearities present throughout their parameter set, this is no small task. Using an adaptive genetic algorithm, which itself is biologically-inspired, we look at the performance and behaviour of the tuning when significant changes have been made to a low speed rotational velocity optical flow estimation algorithm. We validate that previously reported changes to the optical flow estimator yielded a fitness increase of over 30% when compared to the baseline model the changes were made to, and a 15% increase once that baseline model was also tuned. This improvement would be extremely unlikely without the aid of evolutionary computation algorithms. This shows that even an extremely complex computer vision algorithm with many parameters, 36 in this case, can be tuned to an operating point, facilitating the continued development work on the vision algorithm by allowing for the validation and quantification of algorithmic changes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020 - Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169293
ISBN (Print)9781728169309
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2020
Event2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020 - Virtual, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020 - Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2020
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Glasgow
Period19/07/2024/07/20

Keywords

  • biologically inspired
  • computer vision
  • evolutionary computation
  • genetic algorithm
  • Optical flow

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