Machine Vision in Early Days: Japan’s Pioneering Contributions

  • Masakazu Ejiri
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4843)


The history of machine vision started in the mid-1960s by the efforts of Japanese industry researchers. A variety of prominent vision-based systems was made possible by creating and evolving real-time image processing techniques, and was applied to factory automation, office automation, and even to social automation during the 1970-2000 period. In this article, these historical attempts are briefly explained to promote understanding of the pioneering efforts that opened the door and formed the bases of today’s computer vision research.


Factory automation office automation social automation real-time image processing video image analysis robotics assembly inspection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masakazu Ejiri
    • 1
  1. 1.R & D Consultant in Industrial Science, formerly at Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. 

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