The Raven Project was created to develop a new, flexible computer vision architecture that we call the Reconfigurable Vision Machine (RVM). The five-year project, which began in July 1994, is a joint effort between The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and Kirin Techno-System Corporation.
During the first two and one-half years of the project the architecture and philosophy of a modular and reconfigurable vision machine was developed, implemented and refined. The core hardware elements of this system were designed, saw several generations of improvement and have been demonstrated on a working factory floor. Software tools and libraries have also undergone several generations of development, and a prototype of the graphical development tool has been demonstrated. The system that exists today is a powerful and very flexible platform capable of performing a wide variety of vision and inspection tasks. Future plans include completion of the software development tool, development of new hardware modules, and the construction of several new commercial machines.