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Topological Active Volumes

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:737820

Received: 29 December 2003

Published: 15 August 2005


The topological active volumes (TAVs) model is a general model for 3D image segmentation. It is based on deformable models and integrates features of region-based and boundary-based segmentation techniques. Besides segmentation, it can also be used for surface reconstruction and topological analysis of the inside of detected objects. The TAV structure is flexible and allows topological changes in order to improve the adjustment to object's local characteristics, find several objects in the scene, and identify and delimit holes in detected structures. This paper describes the main features of the TAV model and shows its ability to segment volumes in an automated manner.

Keywords and phrases

image segmentation3D reconstructionactive netsactive volumes

Authors’ Affiliations

Grupo de Visión Artificial y Reconocimiento de Patrones (VARPA), LFCIA, Departamento de Computación, Universidade da Coruña, Coruña, Spain


© Barreira and Penedo 2005