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Multiscale color-texture image segmentation with adaptive region merging

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Honolulu, HI, USA
Publisher or commissioning bodyInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1213 - 1216
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1424407281, 1424407273
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Honolulu, HI, United States


Conference2007 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing
Abbreviated titleICASSP '07
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI


A novel multiscale image segmentation algorithm is presented, which is based on the dominant color and homogeneous texture features (HTF) that are adopted in the MPEG-7 standard. These features are efficiently combined to perform the automatic segmentation. First, the image is roughly segmented into textured and nontextured regions using Gabor decomposition. A multiscale segmentation is then applied to the resulting regions, according to the local texture feature. Finally, a precise boundary refinement procedure is employed to accurately determine the boundaries between textured and nontextured regions. A novel region merging algorithm is introduced with a simple and effective segment classification by using HTF to deal with the over-segmentation problem. Experiments show that our algorithm provides an improved performance compared with JSEG and a watershed algorithm.

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Research areas

  • MPEG-7, multiscale segmentation, dominant colour, adaptive region merging, homogeneous texture


2007 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing

Abbreviated TitleICASSP '07
Duration15 Apr 200720 Apr 2007
Location of eventHawaii Convention Center
CityHonolulu, HICountryUnited States

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