Keynote Talk: "Overview of Phase-only Filters and their Application to Head Motion Classification"

Prof. Karl Sölvi Guðmundsson, Director of Technological Center at the University of Iceland, ICELAND

Summary: The only independent variable in electronic computing is time. Optical computing, on the other hand, has inherently two degrees of freedom, the two variables that define a point in a plane. Optical systems always process information in parallel. Such a simple optical element as a lens is capable of performing such a difficult task as a Fourier transform. Therefore, when it comes to pattern classification, optical computing is an attractive option. The Phase Only Filter (POF) has been shown to be a powerful tool for tracking objects in a two-dimensional plane. This talk gives an overview of some applications of the POF.