The ultimate combination: A 3D-printed optical deep learning network

Eurekalert  July 26, 2018 Researchers at UCLA have developed an optical deep learning framework called Diffractive Deep Neural Network (D2NN), that consists of layers of 3-D-printed, optically diffractive surfaces that work together to process information. Each point on a given layer either transmits or reflects an incoming wave, which represents an artificial neuron that is connected to other neurons of the following layers through optical diffraction. By altering the phase and amplitude, each “neuron” is tunable. They demonstrated that after training the system on the handwritten digits, D2NN could recognise the numbers with 95.08% accuracy. According to the researchers the […]