August 09, 2022

Quantum artificial vision for defect detection in manufacturing

Specifically, we consider two approaches: a quantum Support Vector Machine (QSVM) on a universal gate-based quantum computer, and QBoost on a quantum annealer. The quantum vision systems are benchmarked for an unbalanced dataset of images where the aim is to detect defects in manufactured car pieces. We see that the quantum algorithms outperform their classical counterparts in several ways, with QBoost allowing for larger problems to be analyzed with present-day quantum annealers. Data preprocessing, including dimensionality reduction and contrast enhancement, is also discussed, as well as hyperparameter tuning in QBoost. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first implementation of quantum computer vision systems for a problem of industrial relevance in a manufacturing production line.

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