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Image segmentation using thick-fluid watersheds
Author(s): Rui Pires; Patrick De Smet; Johan De Bock; Wilfried Philips
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Paper Abstract

Traditional watershed and marker-based image segmentation algorithms are very sensitive to noise. The main reason for this is that these segmentation algorithms are locally dependent on some type of edge indicator input image that is traditionally computed on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Additionally, as a result of raw watershed segmentation, the original image can be seriously oversegmented, and it may be difficult to reduce the oversegmentation and the impact of noise without also inducing several undesired region merges. This last problem is a typical result of local "edge gaps" that may appear along the topographic watershed mountain rims. Through these gaps the marker or watershed labels can easily leak into neighboring segments. We propose a novel pair of algorithms that uses "thick fluid" label propagation in order to try and solve these problems. The thick fluid technique is based on considering information from multiple adjacent pixels along the topographic watershed mountain rims that separate the different objects in an initial pre-segmented image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5685, Image and Video Communications and Processing 2005, (14 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.587611
Show Author Affiliations
Rui Pires, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Patrick De Smet, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Johan De Bock, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Wilfried Philips, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5685:
Image and Video Communications and Processing 2005
Amir Said; John G. Apostolopoulos, Editor(s)

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