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Title: Implicit image annotation by using gaze analysis
Author: Hajimirza, S. Navid
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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Thanks to the advances in technology, people are storing a massive amount of visual information in the online databases. Today it is normal for a person to take a photo of an event with their smartphone and effortlessly upload it to a host domain. For later quick access, this enormous amount of data needs to be indexed by providing metadata for their content. The challenge is to provide suitable captions for the semantics of the visual content. This thesis investigates the possibility of extracting and using the valuable information stored inside human’s eye movements when interacting with digital visual content in order to provide information for image annotation implicitly. A non-intrusive framework is developed which is capable of inferring gaze movements to classify the visited images by a user into two classes when the user is searching for a Target Concept (TC) in the images. The first class is formed of the images that contain the TC and it is called the TC+ class and the second class is formed of the images that do not contain the TC and it is called the TC- class. By analysing the eye-movements only, the developed framework was able to identify over 65% of the images that the subject users were searching for with the accuracy over 75%. This thesis shows that the existing information in gaze patterns can be employed to improve the machine’s judgement of image content by assessment of human attention to the objects inside virtual environments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: European Commission
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Electronic Engineering ; Vision ; Media storage