Event-Based Angular Velocity Regression with Spiking Networks [article]

Mathias Gehrig, Sumit Bam Shrestha, Daniel Mouritzen, Davide Scaramuzza
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs) are bio-inspired networks that process information conveyed as temporal spikes rather than numeric values. A spiking neuron of an SNN only produces a spike whenever a significant number of spikes occur within a short period of time. Due to their spike-based computational model, SNNs can process output from event-based, asynchronous sensors without any pre-processing at extremely lower power unlike standard artificial neural networks. This is possible due to
more » ... ized neuromorphic hardware that implements the highly-parallelizable concept of SNNs in silicon. Yet, SNNs have not enjoyed the same rise of popularity as artificial neural networks. This not only stems from the fact that their input format is rather unconventional but also due to the challenges in training spiking networks. Despite their temporal nature and recent algorithmic advances, they have been mostly evaluated on classification problems. We propose, for the first time, a temporal regression problem of numerical values given events from an event camera. We specifically investigate the prediction of the 3-DOF angular velocity of a rotating event camera with an SNN. The difficulty of this problem arises from the prediction of angular velocities continuously in time directly from irregular, asynchronous event-based input. Directly utilising the output of event cameras without any pre-processing ensures that we inherit all the benefits that they provide over conventional cameras. That is high-temporal resolution, high-dynamic range and no motion blur. To assess the performance of SNNs on this task, we introduce a synthetic event camera dataset generated from real-world panoramic images and show that we can successfully train an SNN to perform angular velocity regression.
arXiv:2003.02790v1 fatcat:ako4zieq4vg6fhf5cuq7w3psti