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Signal- und Bildverarbeitung, 323.014silently converted to:Image Analysis and ProcessingArjan Kuijper05.10.2006

Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) Austrian Academy of Sciences Altenbergerstraße 56A-4040 Linz, Austria

- Image analysis & processing deals with the investigation of images and the application of specific tasks on them, like enhancement, denoising, deblurring, and segmentation.
- Mathematical methods that are commonly used are presented and discussed.
- The focus will be on the axiomatic choice for the models, their mathematical properties, and their practical use.

Electrical Engineering

Mathematics

Computer Vision

Computer Science

Medicine

Human Perception

…

- As image analysis and processing is a mixture of several disciplines, like physics, mathematics, vision, computer science, and engineering, this course is aimed at a broad audience.
- Only basic knowledge of analysis is assumed and necessary mathematical tools will be outlined during the meetings.

- Images & Observations:
- Scale space, regularization, distributions.

- Filtering:
- Edge detection, enhancement, Wiener, Fourier, Sobel, Canny, …

- Objects:
- Differential structure, invariants, feature detection

- Deep structure:
- Catastrophes & Multi-scale Hierarchy

- Variational Methods & Partial Differential Methods:
- Perona Malik, Anisotropic Diffusion, Total Variation, Mumford-Shah.

- Curve Evolution:
- Normal Motion, Mean Curvature Motion, Euclidian Shortening Flow.

- 05.10.2006 : Introduction, Axioms
- 12.10.2006 : Gaussian kernel
- 19.10.2006 : Derivatives
- 09.11.2006 : Differential structure, invariants
- 16.11.2006 : Deep structure
- 23.11.2006 : Perona Malik
- 30.11.2006 : Total Variation
- 07.12.2006 : Mean Curvature Motion
- 14.12.2006 : Mumford Shah
- 11.01.2007 : presentation
- 18.01.2007 : presentation
- 25.01.2007 : presentation

- Investigation and public presentation of recent work in image analysis provided at the course:
- Front-End Vision and Multi-scale Image Analysis, B. M. ter Haar RomenyKluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.
- Chapter 17: Optic Flow
- Chapter 18: Color Differential Structure
- Chapter 19: Steerable kernels

- Handbook of Mathematical Models in Computer Vision, Edited by N. Paragios, Y. Chen and O. FaugerasSpringer, 2005
- Chapter 1: Diffusion Filters and Wavelets
- Chapter 2: Total Variation Image Restoration
- Chapter 3: PDE-Based Image and Surface Inpainting

- ……

- Front-End Vision and Multi-scale Image Analysis, B. M. ter Haar RomenyKluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.
- An oral exam on contents of the course.

05.10.2006 : Introduction, Axioms

- Apertures and the notion of scale
- Observations and the size of apertures
- Mathematics, physics, and vision
- We blur by looking
- A critical view on observations
Taken from B. M. ter Haar Romeny, Front-End Vision and Multi-scale Image Analysis, Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.Chapter 1

- What is a cloud?
- Observations are always done by integrating some physical property with a measurement device.

- A typical image:

- Observations: math vs. physics
- Objects have a size.
- Points don’t exist in reality.

- Objects live on a range of various sizes.
- They contain several scales.

- Objects are measured by some device.
- Cameras, the eye, …

- Devices are finite.
- They have a minimum and a maximum detection range: the inner and outer scale. They determine the spatial resolution.

- The device measures an hierarchy of structures.

- Objects have a size.

- “Powers of Tenis a 1977 short documentary film which depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). It was written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames. The idea for the film appears to have come from the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke.”

- We see multi-scale:
- The images only contain two values (black and white).
- We regards them as grey level images, or see structure.

- Infinite resolution is impossible.
- We cannot measure at infinite resolution.

- There is no bias, no knowledge, no memory.“We know nothing”.
- At least, at the first stage. Refine later on.

- There’s more than just pixels .

- There is no preferred size.

- In a measurement noise can only be separated from the observation if we have a model of the structures in the image, a model of the noise, or a model of both.

- Don’t trust the grid.

- Don’t trust the resolution / nearest neighbor interpolation.
- What does a detector of a 3 pixels circular size detect?

- Do you see the image as it is?
- Or did you see it in a modified way and is its intrinsic size different?

- Observations are necessarily done through a finite aperture.
- Making this aperture infinitesimally small is not a physical reality.
- The size of the aperture determines a hierarchy of structures, which occur naturally in (natural) images.
- The visual system exploits a wide range of such observation apertures in the front-end simultaneously, in order to capture the information at all scales.

- Observed noise is part of the observation.
- There is no way to separate the noise from the data if a model of the data, a model of the noise or a model of both is absent.

- The aperture cannot take any form.
- An example of a wrong aperture is the square pixel so often used when zooming in on images.
- Such a representation gives rise to edges that were never present in the original image. This artificial extra information is called 'spurious resolution'.

05.10.2006 :Introduction, Axioms

(Let’s have a short break first)

(what about the official Powers of Tenmovie?)

- Foundations of scale space
- Constraints for an uncommitted front-end
- Axioms of a visual front-end
- Axiomatic derivation of the Gaussian kernel
- Scale space from causality
- Scale space from entropy maximization
- Derivatives of sampled, observed data
- Scale space stack
Taken from B. M. ter Haar Romeny, Front-End Vision and Multi-scale Image Analysis, Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.Chapter 2

- Uncommitted assumptions:
- scale invariance (no preferred scale or size)
- spatial shift invariance (no preferred location)
- isotropy (no preferred orientation)
- linearity (no memory or model)
- separability (for the sake of computational ease)

- Physical properties:
L [candela/meter2] ”<>” x [meters]

Intensity <> spatiality

- Pi-teorem:
Physical laws must be independent of the choice of the fundamental parameters

1. Scale invariance

L/ L0 = G()

2. Linear shift invariance

Convolution :

In Fourier domain equal to multiplication:

3. Isotropy

Consider the length of

4. Linearity

Which implies

5.Separability

- p = 2

Back to the spatial domain, normalizing the kernel:

- Whatever you do on this image, you don’t want the introduction of white regions in the black ones.
- No new level lines are to be created:
- Causality

Causality: non-enhancement of local extrema.

- Let DL = Lxx + LyyDL equals the sum of the eigenvalues of the Hessian.
- Then at a maximum DL < 0 and Lt < 0 and at a minimum DL > 0 and Lt > 0
- So DL Lt > 0.
- Choose Lt = a DL, a > 0With a = 1, Lt = DL

- Lt (x,y;t) = DL (x,y;t)
- Obviously, for t -> 0, L(x,y;t) = L0
- The general solution (Greens function) for this diffusion equation is convolution of the original image with an Gaussian:
G(x,y;t) = Exp (-(x2+y2 )/(4 t))/ (4 p t)

- Note: one uses rater 4t than 2s2

- A statistical measure for the disorder of the filter is given by the entropy:
- 1D for simplicity
- If it is maximized it states something like “there is nothing ordered” (we know nothing).
- Obviously, there are some constraints.

- Constraints
- The function must be normalized; no global enhancement:
- The mean of the measurement is at the location where we measure, say 0:
- There is a standard deviation, say :
- The function is positive; it’s a real object: g(x)>0

Maximize the Euler Lagrange equation

Set the variational derivative w.r.t. g(x) equal to zero:

So

- ∫ x g(x) dx = 0 -> λ2 = 0
- ∫ x2 g(x) dx = 2 -> λ3 = -1/(22)
- g(x)>0 -> OK
- ∫ g(x) dx = 1 -> λ1 = Log[e/√(2p2)]
- => g(x)= Exp[-1+1-Log[√(2p2)]- x2/(22)]
= Exp[-x2 /(22)] / √(2p2)

- The Gaussian kernel and all of its partial derivatives form the unique set of kernels for a front-end visual system that satisfies the constraints:
- no preference for location, scale and orientation, and linearity.

- It is a one-parameter family of kernels, where the scale is the free parameter.
- The derivative of the observed data is given bywhich equals

- Derivatives of a Gaussian:
- The first order derivative of an image gives edges

- L(x;) = L0(x) *Exp (- x2/(2 2)/ Sqrt[ (2 p2) D ]
- L(x; ) is called the Gaussian scale space image.

- We have specific physical constraints for the early vision front-end kernel.
- We are able to set up a 'first principle' framework from which the exact sensitivity function of the measurement aperture can be derived.
- There exist many such derivations for an uncommitted kernel, all leading to the same unique result: the Gaussian kernel.
- The assumptions of linearity, isoptropy, homogeneity and scale-invariance;
- The principle of causality;
- Minimization of the entropy

- Differentiation of discrete data is done by the convolution with the derivative of the observation kernel.
- This means that differentiation can never be done without blurring the data somewhat.

- The Gaussian kernel
- The Gaussian kernel
- Normalization
- Cascade property, self similarity
- The scale parameter
- Relation to generalized functions
- Separability
- Relation to binomial coefficients
- The Fourier transform of the Gaussian kernel
- Central limit theorem
- Anisotropy
- The diffusion equation

- Differentiation and regularization
- Regularization
- Regular tempered distributions and testfunctions
- An example of regularization
- Relation regularization - Gaussian scale-space

- Short popularized version