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Session:Low-Level Indexing and Retrieval of Images
Time:Tuesday, October 10, 09:40 - 12:20
Presentation: Poster
Topic: Image & Video Storage and Retrieval: Low-level indexing and retrieval of images
Authors: Shyi-Chyi Cheng; National Taiwan Ocean University 
 Chen-Tsung Kuo; National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology 
 Hong-Jay Chen; National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology 
Abstract: This paper proposes an object-based image retrieval using a method based on visual pattern matching. A visual pattern is obtained by detecting the line edge from a square block using the moment-preserving edge detector. It is desirable and yet remains as a challenge for querying multimedia data by finding an object inside a target image. Given an object model, an added difficulty is that the object might be translated, rotated, and scaled inside a target image. Object segmentation and recognition is the primary step of computer vision for applying to image retrieval of higher-level image analysis. However, automatic segmentation and recognition of objects via object models is a difficult task without a priori knowledge about the shape of objects. Instead of segmentation and detailed object representation, the objective of this research is to develop and apply computer vision methods that explore the structure of an image object by visual pattern detection to retrieve images from a database. A voting scheme based on generalized Hough transform is proposed to provide object search method, which is invariant to the translation, rotation, scaling of image data, and hence, invariant to orientation and position. Computer simulation results show that the proposed method gives good performance in terms of retrieval accuracy and robustness.