Published on Mon Apr 06 2020

Human action recognition with a large-scale brain-inspired photonic computer

Piotr Antonik, Nicolas Marsal, Daniel Brunner, Damien Rontani

The recognition of human actions in video streams is a challenging task in computer vision. This work paves the way toward reconfigurable and energy-efficient photonic information processing systems for real-time video processing.

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Abstract

The recognition of human actions in video streams is a challenging task in computer vision, with cardinal applications in e.g. brain-computer interface and surveillance. Deep learning has shown remarkable results recently, but can be found hard to use in practice, as its training requires large datasets and special purpose, energy-consuming hardware. In this work, we propose a scalable photonic neuro-inspired architecture based on the reservoir computing paradigm, capable of recognising video-based human actions with state-of-the-art accuracy. Our experimental optical setup comprises off-the-shelf components, and implements a large parallel recurrent neural network that is easy to train and can be scaled up to hundreds of thousands of nodes. This work paves the way towards simply reconfigurable and energy-efficient photonic information processing systems for real-time video processing.