Optical implementation of fuzzy-logic-based controllers

David Mendlovic, Zeev Zalevsky, Eran Gur

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State of the art fuzzy-logic based control is mainly implemented using electronic hardware or computer software. This requires interpretation of fuzzy logic concepts such as membership functions and fuzzy based rules, all of which have been thoroughly studied. However, the 2-D light-speed abilities of optical processing enables direct implementation of dual-input fuzzy logic inference engines. The optical equivalent of the membership function is generated in a straightforward manner and the same applies to rule tables and combination rules. Diffractive optical elements allow these optical inference engines to be compact in size and high on efficiency. This is done by binary optics and phase-only elements. Using the 2-D work-plane of optics, the ability of simple control over the wavelength and the polarization of light and the properties of diffractive elements, such an engine can deal with higher order data and lead the way to fast and dynamic fuzzy inferencing.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInternational Symposium on Optical Science and Technology. International Society for Optics and Photonics
StatePublished - 2000

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Place of conference:USA


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