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ICTLab Seminar 2016/01/26 @ USTH

Speaker: Dr. LE Huu Ton, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Vietnam
Topic: Improving Image Representation Using Image Saliency and Information Gain
Date: 1:00pm – 2:00pm, January 26th 2016
Location: Room ICTLab, USTH building, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi.

Description: Nowadays, along with the development of multimedia technology, content based image retrieval (CBIR) has become an interesting and active research topic with an increasing number of application domains: image indexing and retrieval, face recognition, event detection, hand writing scanning, objects detection and tracking, image classification, landmark detection… One of the most popular models in CBIR is Bag of Visual Words (BoVW) which is inspired by Bag of Words model from Information Retrieval field.  In BoVW model, images are represented by histograms of visual words from a visual vocabulary. By comparing the images signatures, we can tell the difference between images. Image representation plays an important role in a CBIR system as it determines the precision of the retrieval results.

In this thesis, image representation problem is addressed. Our first contribution is to propose a new framework for visual vocabulary construction using information gain (IG) values. The IG values are computed by a weighting scheme combined with a visual attention model.

Secondly, we propose to use visual attention model to improve the performance of the proposed BoVW model. This contribution addresses the importance of saliency key-points in the images by a study on the saliency of local feature detectors. Inspired from the results from this study, we use saliency as a weighting or an additional histogram for image representation.

The last contribution of this thesis to CBIR shows how our framework enhances the BoVP model. Finally, a query expansion technique is employed to increase the retrieval scores on both BoVW and BoVP models.