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Title: Techniques for content-based image characterization in wavelets domain
Author: Voulgaris, Georgios
Awarding Body: University of Glamorgan
Current Institution: University of South Wales
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis documents the research which has led to the design of a number of techniques aiming to improve the performance of content-based image retrieval (CBIR) systems in wavelets domain using texture analysis. Attention was drawn on CBIR in transform domain and in particular wavelets because of the excellent characteristics for compression and texture extraction applications and the wide adoption in both the research community and the industry. The issue of performance is addressed in terms of accuracy and speed. The first part of this work introduces three techniques designed to jointly address the issue of accuracy and processing cost of texture characterization in wavelets domain. The second part introduces a new model for mapping the wavelet coefficients of an orthogonal wavelet transformation to a circular locus. The model is applied in order to design a novel rotation-invariant texture descriptor. All of the aforementioned techniques are also designed to bridge the gap between texture-based image retrieval and image compression by using appropriate compatible design parameters. The final part introduces three techniques for improving the speed of a CBIR query through more efficient calculation of the L1-distance, when it is used as an image similarity metric. The contributions conclude with a novel technique which, in conjunction with a widely adopted wavelet-based compression algorithm, extracts texture information directly from the compressed bit-stream for speed and storage requirements savings. The experimental findings indicate that the proposed techniques form a solid groundwork which can be extended to practical applications.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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