Date of Award

12-17-2010

Degree Type

Thesis-Restricted

Degree Name

M.S.

Degree Program

Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Charalampidis, Dimitrios

Second Advisor

Jilkov, Vesselin

Third Advisor

Azzam, Rasheed

Abstract

Median filtering is a non-linear filtering technique which is effective in removing impulsive noise from data. In this thesis, directional median filtering has been implemented using cumulative histogram of samples in several directions. Different methods to implement directional median filtering have been proposed. The filtered images are smoothed along the direction of the filtering window. All implementations aimed to generate outputs in the least amount of time, while reducing the resource utilization on hardware. The implementation methods were designed for Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGA devices but were also attempted on Spartan 3E. The proposed methods used less than 30% of the resources on Virtex 5 FPGA but the resource utilization on Spartan 3E exceeded the number of available resources. After an initial delay, methods 1 and 2 generate a new output for every 5 clock cycles while method 3 generates an output for every 1.5 clock cycles.

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