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Shape recognition of irregular objects
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Paper Abstract

A new approach to object recognition is proposed. The main concern is on irregular objects which are hard to recognize even for a human. The recognition is based on the contour of an object. The contour is obtained with morphological operators and described with a Freeman chain code. The chain code histogram (CCH) is calculated from the chain code of the contour of an object. For an eight-connected chain code an eight dimensional histogram, which shows the probability of each direction, is obtained. The CCH is a translation and scale invariant shape measure. The CCH gibes only an approximation of the object's shape so that similar objects can be grouped together. The discriminatory power of the CCH is demonstrated on machine-printed text and on true irregular objects. In both cases it is noted that similar objects are grouped together. The results of experiments are good. It has been shown that similar objects are grouped together with the proposed method. However, the sensitivity to small rotations limits the generality of the method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1996
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2904, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XV: Algorithms, Techniques,Active Vision, and Materials Handling, (29 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.256280
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Jukka Iivarinen, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Ari J. E. Visa, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2904:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XV: Algorithms, Techniques,Active Vision, and Materials Handling
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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