Winding Number for Region-Boundary Consistent Salient Contour Extraction

Yansheng Ming, Hongdong Li, Xuming He; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 2818-2825

Abstract


This paper aims to extract salient closed contours from an image. For this vision task, both region segmentation cues (e.g. color/texture homogeneity) and boundary detection cues (e.g. local contrast, edge continuity and contour closure) play important and complementary roles. In this paper we show how to combine both cues in a unified framework. The main focus is given to how to maintain the consistency (compatibility) between the region cues and the boundary cues. To this ends, we introduce the use of winding number-a well-known concept in topology-as a powerful mathematical device. By this device, the region-boundary consistency is represented as a set of simple linear relationships. Our method is applied to the figure-ground segmentation problem. The experiments show clearly improved results.

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@InProceedings{Ming_2013_CVPR,
author = {Ming, Yansheng and Li, Hongdong and He, Xuming},
title = {Winding Number for Region-Boundary Consistent Salient Contour Extraction},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}
}