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Detection of Complex Salient Regions

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20082008:451389

  • Received: 16 October 2007
  • Accepted: 12 March 2008
  • Published:


The goal of interest point detectors is to find, in an unsupervised way, keypoints easy to extract and at the same time robust to image transformations. We present a novel set of saliency features based on image singularities that takes into account the region content in terms of intensity and local structure. The region complexity is estimated by means of the entropy of the gray-level information; shape information is obtained by measuring the entropy of significant orientations. The regions are located in their representative scale and categorized by their complexity level. Thus, the regions are highly discriminable and less sensitive to confusion and false alarm than the traditional approaches. We compare the novel complex salient regions with the state-of-the-art keypoint detectors. The presented interest points show robustness to a wide set of image transformations and high repeatability as well as allow matching from different camera points of view. Besides, we show the temporal robustness of the novel salient regions in real video sequences, being potentially useful for matching, image retrieval, and object categorization problems.


  • Entropy
  • False Alarm
  • Video Sequence
  • Image Retrieval
  • Interest Point

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Authors’ Affiliations

Computer Vision Center, Campus UAB, Edifici O, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
Departamento de Matemàtica Aplicada i Anàlisi, Universitat de Barcelona (UB), 08007 Barcelona, Spain


© Sergio Escalera et al. 2008

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