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Relaxation network for a feature-driven visual attention system
Author(s): Ruggero Milanese; Jean-Marc Bost; Thierry Pun
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Paper Abstract

In this paper an attention module is described, which can be used by an active vision system to generate gaze changes. This module is based on a bottom-up, feature-driven analysis of the image. The results are regions of the input image which contain strange features, i.e., locations of the most `interesting' and `important' information. The method proposed for detecting such regions is based on the decomposition of the input image into a set of independent retinotopic feature maps. Each map represents the value of a certain attribute computed on a set of low-level primitives such as contours and regions. Relevant objects can be detected if the corresponding primitives have a feature value strongly different from the neighboring ones. Local comparisons of feature values are used to compute such measures of `difference' for each feature map and give rise to a corresponding set of conspicuity maps. In order to obtain a single measure of interest for each location and to make the process robust to noise, a relaxation algorithm is run on the set of conspicuity maps. A dozen iterations are sufficient to detect a binary mask identifying the attention regions. Results on real scenes are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1766, Neural and Stochastic Methods in Image and Signal Processing, (16 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130859
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Ruggero Milanese, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
Jean-Marc Bost, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
Thierry Pun, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1766:
Neural and Stochastic Methods in Image and Signal Processing
Su-Shing Chen, Editor(s)

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