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Session:Machine Learning for Image and Video Classification
Time:Monday, October 9, 14:20 - 17:00
Presentation: Poster
Topic: Image & Video Storage and Retrieval: Machine Learning for image and video Classification
Authors: Hichem Frigui; University of Louisville 
 Joshua Caudill; University of Louisville 
Abstract: We propose an unsupervised approach to segment color images and annotate its regions. The annotation process uses a multi-modal thesaurus that is built from a large collection of training images by learning associations between low-level visual features and keywords. We assume that a collection of images is available and that each image is globally annotated. The objective is to extract representative visual profiles that correspond to frequent homogeneous regions, and to associate them with keywords. These labeled profiles would be used to build a multi-modal thesaurus that could serve as a foundation for region based annotation. Our approach has two main steps. First, each image is coarsely segmented into regions, and visual features are extracted from each region. Second, the regions are categorized using a novel algorithm that performs clustering and feature weighting simultaneously. As a result, we obtain clusters of regions that share subsets of relevant features. Representatives from each cluster and their relevant visual and textual features would be used to build a thesaurus. The proposed approach is trained with a collection of 1331 images and tested with several different images.