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Image segmentation with constraint satisfaction synergetic potential network
Author(s): Joerg Peter; Richard Freyer
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Paper Abstract

By the interpretation of the segmentation process as an assignment of labels to objects dependent on spatial constraints, image segmentation can be described as a constraint satisfaction problem (CSP). Starting from this model, a new technique for the segmentation of medical images is presented: the constraint satisfaction synergetic potential network (CSSPN). In CSSPN the actually possible labels of an object are represented by singular points of synergetic potential systems. The fuzzy-algorithmic initialization model of the CSSPN allows a label-number-independent dimensioning of the network with n2 nodes. The parallel relaxation dynamics of the CSSPN controlled by interactions of the potential systems will bring selection or evolution of the input image by complete deterministic or stochastically perturbed equations of motion in the potential systems. Constraint functions are significant to the relaxation dynamics and to the result of segmentation within an object adjacency, information of the image model like the image semantics or the optimization strategy of network parameters are mapped onto the CSP with them. Experimental comparative analyses of the segmentation results demonstrate the efficiency of the technique and confirm that the CSSPN is a very promising method for image segmentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2424, Nonlinear Image Processing VI, (28 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205240
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Joerg Peter, Dresden Univ. of Technology (Germany)
Richard Freyer, Dresden Univ. of Technology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2424:
Nonlinear Image Processing VI
Edward R. Dougherty; Jaakko T. Astola; Harold G. Longbotham; Nasser M. Nasrabadi; Aggelos K. Katsaggelos, Editor(s)

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