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  • Research Article
  • Open Access

Global Interior Robot Localisation by a Colour Content Image Retrieval System

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20072008:870492

  • Received: 2 October 2006
  • Accepted: 3 August 2007
  • Published:


We propose a new global localisation approach to determine a coarse position of a mobile robot in structured indoor space using colour-based image retrieval techniques. We use an original method of colour quantisation based on the baker's transformation to extract a two-dimensional colour pallet combining as well space and vicinity-related information as colourimetric aspect of the original image. We conceive several retrieving approaches bringing to a specific similarity measure integrating the space organisation of colours in the pallet. The baker's transformation provides a quantisation of the image into a space where colours that are nearby in the original space are also nearby in the output space, thereby providing dimensionality reduction and invariance to minor changes in the image. Whereas the distance provides for partial invariance to translation, sight point small changes, and scale factor. In addition to this study, we developed a hierarchical search module based on the logic classification of images following rooms. This hierarchical module reduces the searching indoor space and ensures an improvement of our system performances. Results are then compared with those brought by colour histograms provided with several similarity measures. In this paper, we focus on colour-based features to describe indoor images. A finalised system must obviously integrate other type of signature like shape and texture.


  • Colour
  • Information Technology
  • Quantum Information
  • Retrieval System
  • Image Retrieval

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Authors’ Affiliations

IBISC Laboratory, CNRS FRE 2873, University of Evry 40, Rue du Pelvoux, Evry Cedex, 91020, France
RIADI Laboratory, National School of Computer Science, University of Manouba, 2010 La Manouba, Tunisia


© A. Chaari et al. 2008

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