Image description with features that summarize

J. J. Corso, G. D. Hager

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We present a new method for describing images for the purposes of matching and registration. We take the point of view that large, coherent regions in the image provide a concise and stable basis for image description. We develop a new algorithm for feature detection that operates on several projections (feature spaces) of the image using kernel-based optimization techniques to locate local extrema of a continuous scale-space of image regions. Descriptors of these image regions and their relative geometry then form the basis of an image description. The emphasis of the work is on features that summarize image content and are highly robust to viewpoint changes and occlusion yet remain discriminative for matching and registration. We present experimental results of these methods applied to the problem of image retrieval. We find that our method performs comparably to two published techniques: Blobworld and SIFT features. However, compared to these techniques two significant advantages of our method are its (1) stability under large changes in the images and (2) its representational efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-458
Number of pages13
JournalComputer Vision and Image Understanding
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Feature detector
  • Feature space
  • Image matching
  • Interest point operator
  • Segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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