BIM: Image matching using biological gene sequence alignment

Hung Sik Kim, Hau Wen Chang, Haibin Liu, Jeongkyu Lee, Dongwon Lee

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Abstract

Matching two images with similar contents is one of the most fundamental tasks in image processing. Due to its importance, in recent years, many novel techniques have been proposed with great successes. Toward this effort, in this paper, we propose a radically different idea by bridging two seemingly unrelated fields - Image Processing and Biology - i.e., we propose to use the popular gene sequence alignment algorithm in Biology, BLAST, in determining the similarity between images. In this proposal, we map image features to a sequence of gene alphabets (e.g., A, C, G, and T in DNA, or 23 letters in protein) to utilize a wealth of advanced algorithms and tools in BLAST. Under the new idea, in particular, we study various image features and gene sequence generation methods that impact the accuracy and performance in matching similar images. Our proposal, termed as BLASTed Image Matching (BIM), is empirically validated using real data sets. Our work can be viewed as the "first" step toward bridging Image Processing and Biology fields in the application of the well-studied image matching problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages205-208
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424456543
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009 - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Nov 7 2009Nov 10 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP
ISSN (Print)1522-4880

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009
CountryEgypt
CityCairo
Period11/7/0911/10/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing

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    Kim, H. S., Chang, H. W., Liu, H., Lee, J., & Lee, D. (2009). BIM: Image matching using biological gene sequence alignment. In 2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2009 - Proceedings (pp. 205-208). [5414214] (Proceedings - International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIP.2009.5414214