FPGA acceleration of superpixel segmentation
Abstract: Superpixel segmentation is a preprocessing step for computer vision applications, where an image is split into segments referred to as superpixels. Then running the main algorithm on these superpixels reduces the number of data points processed in comparison to running the algorithm on pixels directly, while still keeping much of the same information. In this thesis, the possibility to run superpixel segmentation on an FPGA is researched. This has resulted in the development of a modified version of the algorithm SLIC, Simple Linear Iterative Clustering. An FPGA implementation of this algorithm has then been built in VHDL, it is designed as a pipeline, unrolling the iterations of SLIC. The designed algorithm shows a lot of potential and runs on real hardware, but more work is required to make the implementation more robust, and remove some visual artefacts.
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