Deformable-model based textured object segmentation

Xiaolei Huang, Zhen Qian, Rui Huang, Dimitris Metaxas

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In this paper, we present a deformable-model based solution for segmenting objects with complex texture patterns of all scales. The external image forces in traditional deformable models come primarily from edges or gradient information and it becomes problematic when the object surfaces have complex large-scale texture patterns that generate many local edges within a same region, We introduce a new textured object segmentation algorithm that has both the robustness of model-based approaches and the ability to deal with non-uniform textures of both small and large scales. The main contributions include an information-theoretical approach for computing the natural scale of a "texon" based on model-interior texture, a nonparametric texture statistics comparison technique and the determination of object belongingness through belief propagation. Another important property of the proposed algorithm is in that the texture statistics of an object of interest are learned online from evolving model interiors, requiring no other a priori information. We demonstrate the potential of this model-based framework for texture learning and segmentation using both natural and medical images with various textures of all scales and patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition - 5th International Workshop, EMMCVPR 2005, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)3540302875, 9783540302872
StatePublished - 2005
Event5th International Workshop on Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, EMMCVPR 2005 - St. Augustine, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3757 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference5th International Workshop on Energy Minimization Methods in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, EMMCVPR 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Augustine, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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