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dc.contributor.authorHou, Yoshenen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis describes the development of a range sensing system. The goal was to create a range sensor that is robust and flexible so that a number of applications within the forest products manufacturing environment can be addressed. Features of the system include: the capability of producing spatially registered image pairs of range and intensity, the ability to generate both range and intensity very quickly, the applicability to a wide variety of industrial applications, the ability to handle large depth-of-field range sensing problems, the ability to do real-time data processing, and the capability to do extensive system diagnostics under complete software control.

A triangulation based plane-of-light optical method is employed to extract range information. The research shows that this method suits range sensing applications where conveyor belts are involved. An in-depth study of the triangulation method is included. In the study it shows that this method also supports large depth-of-field range sensing. A dedicated signal processing hardware, built on the Micro Channel interface, performs pipelined image processing and generates range and intensity images in a spatially registered form. The hardware is designed to support several modes of operation, for the purpose of facilitating optical adjustments and calibrations. The hardware self-diagnostic facility is also included in the design. A

memory management scheme is provided that facilitates real-time data processing of the range and intensity images. The experiments show that this scheme provides a real-time environment for software processing. This thesis also contains a theory exploring the limitations of the measurement accuracy of the range detection algorithm employed in the prototype system. The maximum data generation rate of the prototype system is 380 range/intensity lines per second at 128 range/intensity pixels per line. Several proposals toward future work are included that aim at improving the speed as well as the measurement accuracy of the prototype system.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.subjectrange sensing systemsen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1993.H68en_US
dc.titleDeveloping a flexible range sensing system for industrial inspection applicationsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US of Scienceen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairConners, Richard W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAbbott, A. Lynnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSchmoldt, Daniel L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeecochairKline, D. Earlen_US

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