Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


Computing with a camera

Photonic computing devices are a compelling alternative to conventional computing setups for machine learning applications, as they are nonlinear, fast and easy to parallelize. Recent work demonstrates the potential of these optical systems to process and classify human motion from video.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: The reservoir computing setup of Antonik and colleagues.


  1. 1.

    Antonik, P., Marsal, N., Brunner, D. & Rontani, D. Nat. Mach. Intell. (2019).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Jaeger, H. The “Echo State” Approach to Analysing and Training Recurrent Neural Networks (GMD, 2001).

  3. 3.

    Maass, W., Natschläger, T. & Markram, H. Neural Comp. 14, 2531–2560 (2002).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Fernando, C. & Sojakka, S. in Advances in Artificial Life 588–597 (Springer, 2003).

  5. 5.

    Dockendorf, K. P., Park, I., He, P., Príncipe, J. C. & DeMarse, T. B. Biosystems 95, 90–97 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Bueno, J. et al. Optica 5, 756–760 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Van der Sande, G., Brunner, D. & Soriano, M. C. Nanophotonics 6, 561 (2017).

    Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Shastri, B. J. et al. in Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science (ed. Meyers, R. A.) 702 (Springer, 2018).

  9. 9.

    Shen, Y. et al. Nat. Photon. 11, 441–446 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Kathy Lüdge.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Lüdge, K., Röhm, A. Computing with a camera. Nat Mach Intell 1, 551–552 (2019).

Download citation

Further reading


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing