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Active Contours without Edges
, 2001
"... In this paper, we propose a new model for active contours to detect objects in a given image, based on techniques of curve evolution, MumfordShah functional for segmentation and level sets. Our model can detect objects whose boundaries are not necessarily defined by gradient. We minimize an energy ..."
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In this paper, we propose a new model for active contours to detect objects in a given image, based on techniques of curve evolution, MumfordShah functional for segmentation and level sets. Our model can detect objects whose boundaries are not necessarily defined by gradient. We minimize an energy which can be seen as a particular case of the minimal partition problem. In the level set formulation, the problem becomes a "meancurvature flow"like evolving the active contour, which will stop on the desired boundary. However, the stopping term does not depend on the gradient of the image, as in the classical active contour models, but is instead related to a particular segmentation of the image. We will give a numerical algorithm using finite differences. Finally, we will present various experimental results and in particular some examples for which the classical snakes methods based on the gradient are not applicable. Also, the initial curve can be anywhere in the image, and interior contours are automatically detected.
Geodesic Active Regions and Level Set Methods for Supervised Texture Segmentation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER VISION
, 2002
"... This paper presents a novel variational framework to deal with frame partition problems in Computer Vision. This framework exploits boundary and regionbased segmentation modules under a curvebased optimization objective function. The task of supervised texture segmentation is considered to demonst ..."
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This paper presents a novel variational framework to deal with frame partition problems in Computer Vision. This framework exploits boundary and regionbased segmentation modules under a curvebased optimization objective function. The task of supervised texture segmentation is considered to demonstrate the potentials of the proposed framework. The textured feature space is generated by filtering the given textured images using isotropic and anisotropic filters, and analyzing their responses as multicomponent conditional probability density functions. The texture segmentation is obtained by unifying region and boundarybased information as an improved Geodesic Active Contour Model. The defined objective function is minimized using a gradientdescent method where a level set approach is used to implement the obtained PDE. According to this PDE, the curve propagation towards the final solution is guided by boundary and regionbased segmentation forces, and is constrained by a regularity force. The level set implementation is performed using a fast front propagation algorithm where topological changes are naturally handled. The performance of our method is demonstrated on a variety of synthetic and real textured frames.
Shock Graphs and Shape Matching
, 1998
"... We have been developing a theory for the generic representation of 2D shape, where structural descriptions are derived from the shocks (singularities) of a curve evolution process, acting on bounding contours. We now apply the theory to the problem of shape matching. The shocks are organized into a ..."
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We have been developing a theory for the generic representation of 2D shape, where structural descriptions are derived from the shocks (singularities) of a curve evolution process, acting on bounding contours. We now apply the theory to the problem of shape matching. The shocks are organized into a directed, acyclic shock graph, and complexity is managed by attending to the most significant (central) shape components first. The space of all such graphs is highly structured and can be characterized by the rules of a shock graph grammar. The grammar permits a reduction of a shock graph to a unique rooted shock tree. We introduce a novel tree matching algorithm which finds the best set of corresponding nodes between two shock trees in polynomial time. Using a diverse database of shapes, we demonstrate our system's performance under articulation, occlusion, and changes in viewpoint. Keywords: shape representation; shape matching; shock graph; shock graph grammar; subgraph isomorphism. 1 I...
Flux Maximizing Geometric Flows
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2001
"... Several geometric active contour models have been proposed for segmentation in computer vision and image analysis. The essential idea is to evolve a curve (in 2D) or a surface (in 3D) under constraints from image forces so that it clings to features of interest in an intensity image. Recent variatio ..."
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Several geometric active contour models have been proposed for segmentation in computer vision and image analysis. The essential idea is to evolve a curve (in 2D) or a surface (in 3D) under constraints from image forces so that it clings to features of interest in an intensity image. Recent variations on this theme take into account properties of enclosed regions and allow for multiple curves or surfaces to be simultaneously represented. However, it is still unclear how to apply these techniques to images of narrow elongated structures, such as blood vessels, where intensity contrast may be low and reliable region statistics cannot be computed. To address this problem we derive the gradient flows which maximize the rate of increase of flux of an appropriate vector field through a curve (in 2D) or a surface (in 3D). The key idea is to exploit the direction of the vector field along with its magnitude. The calculations lead to a simple and elegant interpretation which is essentially parameter free and has the same form in both dimensions. We illustrate its advantages with several levelset based segmentations of 2D and 3D angiography images of blood vessels.
A topology preserving level set method for geometric deformable models
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PATTERN ANALYSIS AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
, 2003
"... Active contour and surface models, also known as deformable models, are powerful image segmentation techniques. Geometric deformable models implemented using level set methods have advantages over parametric models due to their intrinsic behavior, parameterization independence, and ease of implement ..."
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Active contour and surface models, also known as deformable models, are powerful image segmentation techniques. Geometric deformable models implemented using level set methods have advantages over parametric models due to their intrinsic behavior, parameterization independence, and ease of implementation. However, a long claimed advantage of geometric deformable modelsâ€”the ability to automatically handle topology changesâ€”turns out to be a liability in applications where the object to be segmented has a known topology that must be preserved. In this paper, we present a new class of geometric deformable models designed using a novel topologypreserving level set method, which achieves topology preservation by applying the simple point concept from digital topology. These new models maintain the other advantages of standard geometric deformable models including subpixel accuracy and production of nonintersecting curves or surfaces. Moreover, since the topologypreserving constraint is enforced efficiently through local computations, the resulting algorithm incurs only nominal computational overhead over standard geometric deformable models. Several experiments on simulated and real data are provided to demonstrate the performance of this new deformable model algorithm.
An Active Contour Model without Edges
 Int. Conf. ScaleSpace Theories in Computer Vision
, 1999
"... In this paper, we propose a new model for active contours to detect objects in a given image, based on techniques of curve evolution, MumfordShah functional for segmentation and level sets. Our model can detect objects whose boundaries are not necessarily defined by gradient. ..."
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In this paper, we propose a new model for active contours to detect objects in a given image, based on techniques of curve evolution, MumfordShah functional for segmentation and level sets. Our model can detect objects whose boundaries are not necessarily defined by gradient.
Image segmentation using deformable models
 Handbook of Medical Imaging. Vol.2 Medical Image Processing and Analysis
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Level Set Methods
 in Imaging, Vision and Graphics
, 2000
"... The level set method was devised by Osher and Sethian in [56] as a simple and versatile method for computing and analyzing the motion of an interface in two or three dimensions. bounds a (possibly multiply connected) region The goal is to compute and analyze the subsequent motion of under a velocity ..."
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The level set method was devised by Osher and Sethian in [56] as a simple and versatile method for computing and analyzing the motion of an interface in two or three dimensions. bounds a (possibly multiply connected) region The goal is to compute and analyze the subsequent motion of under a velocity field ~v. This velocity can depend on position, time, the geometry of the interface and the external physics. The interface is captured for later time as the zero level set of a smooth (at least Lipschitz continuous) function '(~x; t), i.e., (t) = f~xj'(~x; t) = 0g. ' is positive inside negative outside and is zero on (t). Topological merging and breaking are well defined and easily performed. In this review article we discuss recent variants and extensions, including the motion of curves in three dimensions, the Dynamic Surface Extension method, fast methods for steady state problems, diffusion generated motion and the variational level set approach. We also give a user's gui...
Sobolev active contours
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER VISION
, 2007
"... All previous geometric active contour models that have been formulated as gradient flows of various energies use the same L 2type inner product to define the notion of gradient. Recent work has shown that this inner product induces a pathological Riemannian metric on the space of smooth curves. Ho ..."
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All previous geometric active contour models that have been formulated as gradient flows of various energies use the same L 2type inner product to define the notion of gradient. Recent work has shown that this inner product induces a pathological Riemannian metric on the space of smooth curves. However, there are also undesirable features associated with the gradient flows that this inner product induces. In this paper, we reformulate the generic geometric active contour model by redefining the notion of gradient in accordance with Sobolevtype inner products. We call the resulting flows Sobolev active contours. Sobolev metrics induce favorable regularity properties in their gradient flows. In addition, Sobolev active contours favor global translations, but are not restricted to such motions; they are also less susceptible to certain types of local minima in contrast to traditional active contours. These properties are particularly useful in tracking applications. We demonstrate the general methodology by reformulating some standard edgebased and regionbased active contour models as Sobolev active contours and show the substantial improvements gained in segmentation.
Level Set Based Segmentation with Intensity and Curvature Priors
, 2000
"... A method is presented for segmentation of anatomical structures that incorporates prior information about the intensity and curvature pro le of the structure from a training set of images and boundaries. Specifically, we model the intensity distribution as a function of signed distance from the obje ..."
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A method is presented for segmentation of anatomical structures that incorporates prior information about the intensity and curvature pro le of the structure from a training set of images and boundaries. Specifically, we model the intensity distribution as a function of signed distance from the object boundary, instead of modeling only the intensity of the object as a whole. A curvature pro le acts as a boundary regularization term specific to the shape being extracted, as opposed to simply penalizing high curvature. Using the prior model, the segmentation process estimates a maximum a posteriori higher dimensional surface whose zero level set converges on the boundary of the object to be segmented. Segmentation results are demonstrated on synthetic data and magnetic resonance imagery.