Optical Symbolic Computing

W. Thomas Cathey, Garret R. Moddel, Rodney A. Schmidt

The goal of this project is to simulate and implement a demonstration optical inference engine. The approach is to develop an optical data representation for knowledge and then to construct simulation software for all optical components to validate system behavior and reduce implementation risk. The next step is to design, simulate, and implement optical computation modules for the basic operations required for inference; optical storage and data handling modules required for data-dependent computation; and the data-dependent control required for inference.

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