Scalable Multiresolution Color Image Segmentation with Smoothness Constraint

Fardin Akhlaghian Tab, Golshah Naghdy, Alfred Mertins


This paper presents a novel multiresolution image segmentation method based on the discrete wavelet transform and Markov Random Field (MRF) modelling. A major contribution of this work is to add spatial scalability to the segmentation algorithm producing the same segmentation pattern at different resolutions. This property makes it applicable for scalable object-based wavelet coding. The correlation between different resolutions of pyramid is considered by a multiresolution analysis which is incorporated into the objective function of the MRF segmentation algorithm. Examining the corresponding pixels at different resolutions simultaneously enables the algorithm to directly segment the images in the YUV or similar color spaces where luminance is in full resolution and chrominance components are at half resolution. Allowing for smoothness terms in the objective function at different resolutions improves border smoothness and creates visually more pleasing objects/regions, particularly at lower resolutions where downsampling distortions are more visible. In addition to spatial scalability, the proposed algorithm outperforms the standard single and multiresolution segmentation algorithms, in both objective and subjective tests.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 2005 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology
Number of pages6
Publication date01.12.2005
Article number1627039
ISBN (Print)0-7803-9232-9
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2005
Event2005 IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology - Lincoln, United States
Duration: 22.05.200525.05.2005
Conference number: 69325


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