Direction Selective Contour Detection for Salient Objects

Manno-Kovács, Andrea Direction Selective Contour Detection for Salient Objects. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIDEO TECHNOLOGY. ISSN 1051-8215 (In Press)

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The active contour model is a widely used technique for automatic object contour extraction. Existing methods based on this model can perform with high accuracy even in case of complex contours, but challenging issues remain, like the need for precise contour initialization for high curvature boundary segments or the handling of cluttered backgrounds. To deal with such issues, this paper presents a salient object extraction method, the first step of which is the introduction of an improved edge map that incorporates edge direction as a feature. The direction information in the small neighborhoods of image feature points are extracted, and the images’ prominent orientations are defined for direction-selective edge extraction. Using such improved edge information, we provide a highly accurate shape contour representation, which we also combine with texture features. The principle of the paper is to interpret an object as the fusion of its components: its extracted contour and its inner texture. Our goal in fusing textural and structural information is twofold: it is applied for automatic contour initialization, and it is also used to establish an improved external force field. This fusion then produces highly accurate salient object extractions. We performed extensive evaluations which confirm that the presented object extraction method outperforms parametric active contour models and achieves higher efficiency than the majority of the evaluated automatic saliency methods.

Item Type: ISI Article
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics and Computer Science > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science / számítástechnika, számítógéptudomány
Divisions: Distributed Events Analysis Research Laboratory
Depositing User: Andrea Manno-Kovács
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2019 13:45

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