Automatic Image/Video Analysis

1. Our Research Focuses:

Our works on this topic focus on color edge detection, seeded region growing and seeded region aggregation for salient object generation. Salient objects are needed to be the semantic objects from human point of view, but they should have the capability to indicate the presence or absence of the associated semantic image/video concepts.

2. Color Image Segmentation:

The color edges are first obtained by using our improved color edge detection algorithm, and then these connected edges are merged. The centroids of two neighboring color edges are then used as seeds for region growing. This is the first work to automate the seeded region growing technique. By involving the semantic knowledge about the image components in the seed selection procedure, this technique is also very attractive for salient object extraction via a seeded region aggregation procedure.

3. Confidence-Assisted Salient Object Detection:

4. Integrate Camera Metadata for Attended Object Detection:

5. Statistical Image Modeling and Segmentation:

6. Image/Video Classification:

7. Representative Publications:

  • B. Zhang, H. Luo, J. Fan, ``Statistical modeling for automatic image indexing and retrieval", Neurocomputing, vol. 207, pp. 105-119, 2016.
  • J. Fan, Y. Shen, C. Yang, N. Zhou, ``Harvesting Large-Scale Weakly-Tagged Image Databases from the Web", IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR'10), 2010.
  • Y. Shen, J. Fan, ``Leveraging Loosely-Tagged Images and Inter-Object Correlations for Tag Recommendation", ACM Multimedia, 2010.
  • H. Luo, J. Fan, Y. Zhou, ``Multimedia news exploration and retrieval by integrating keywords, relationsand visual features", Multimedia Tools and Applications, vol.51, pp.625648, 2011.
  • J. Fan, Y. Shen, C. Yang, N. Zhou, ``Structured Max-Margin Learning for Inter-Related Classifier Training and Multi-Label Image Annotation", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, 2010.
  • Z. Li, H. Luo, J. Fan, ``Incorporating Camera Metadata for Attended Region Detection and Consumer Photo Classification", ACM Multimedia (MM'09), Beijing, 2009. A long version is also published on Multimedia Tools and Applications, 2010. journal version
  • J. Fan, H. Luo, Y. Shen, C. Yang, ``Integrating Visual and Semantic Contexts for Topic Network Generation and Word Sense Disambiguation", ACM Conf. on Image and Video Retrieval (CIVR'09), 2009.
  • Y. Gao, J. Peng, H. Luo, D. Keim, J. Fan, ``An Interactive Approach for Filtering out Junk Images from Keyword-Based Google Search Results", IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 19, no.10, 2009. Some preliminary results are also presented at MMM'08. Online demo is available at Junk Images filtering demo 
  • Z. Li, J. Fan, ``Stochastic Contour Approach for Automatic Image Segmentation", Journal of Electronic Imaging, vol.18, no.04, 2009.
  • J. Fan, D.A. Keim, Y. Gao, H. Luo, Z. Li, ``JustClick: Personalized Image Recommendation via Exploratory Search from Large-Scale Flickr Images", IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 19, no.2, pp.273-288, 2009. Video
  • J. Fan, Y. Gao, H. Luo, ``Integrating Concept Ontology and Multi-Task Learning to Achieve More Effective Classifier Training for Multi-Level Image Annotation", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol. 17, no.3, pp.407-426, 2008.
  • J. Fan, Y. Gao, H. Luo, R. Jain, ``Mining Multi-Level Image Semantics via Hierarchical Classification", IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, special issue on Multimedia Data Mining, vol. 10, no.1, pp.167-187, 2008. Some preliminary results are also presented at MIR'06, Video
  • H. Luo, J. Fan, S. Satoh, J. Yang, W. Ribarsky, ``Integrating Multi-Modal Content Analysis and Hyperbolic Visualization for Large-Scale News Videos Retrieval and Exploration", Signal Processing: Image Communication, special issue on Semantic Analysis for Interactive Multimedia Services, vol.23, no.8, pp.538-553, 2008. Some preliminary results are also presented at IEEE VAST'07 and IEEE VAST'06. Video .
  • J. Fan, Y. Gao, H. Luo, ``Hierarchical classification for automatic image annotation", ACM SIGIR, Amsterdam, pp.111-118, 2007. Presentation Slides
  • B. Li, M. Chi, J. Fan, X. Xue, ``Support Cluster Machine", International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML'07), June 20-24, 2007, Oregon, USA.
  • J. Fan, H. Luo, Y. Gao, R. Jain, ``Incorporating Concept Ontology for Hierarchical Video Classification, Annotation and Visualization", IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, special issue on Semantic Image and Video Indexing in Broad Domains, vol. 9, no.5, pp. 939-957, 2007. Some preliminary results are also presented at ACM Multimedia'06.
  • Y. Gao, J. Fan, H. Luo, X. Xue, R. Jain, ``Automatic Image Annotation by Incorporating Feature Hierarchy and Boosting to Scale up SVM Classifiers", ACM Multimedia, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006. Presentation Slides , Video
  • J. Fan, Y. Gao, H. Luo, ``Multi-level annotation of natural scenes using dominant image components and semantic image concepts", ACM Multimedia, New York, Oct.10-15, 2004 ( Best Paper Runner-ups), Presentation Slides, Video. An extended journal version for this work: J. Fan , Y. Gao, H. Luo, G. Xu, ``Statistical modeling and conceptualization of natural images", Pattern Recognition, vol.38, no.6, pp.865-885, 2005.
  • J. Fan , H. Luo, A.K. Elmagarmid, ``Concept-Oriented Indexing of Video Database towards More Effective Retrieval and Browsing", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol.13, no.7, pp.974-992, 2004. Video
  • J. Fan , X. Zhu, A.K. Elmagarmid, W.G. Aref, L. Wu, ``ClassView: Hierarchical Video Shot Classification, Indexing, and Accessing", IEEE Trans. on Multimedia, vol.6, no.1, pp.70-86, 2004.
  • E. Bertino, J. Fan, E. Ferrari, M.-S. Hacid, A.K. Elmagarmid, Xingquan Zhu, ``A Hierarchical Access Control Model for Video Database Systems", ACM Trans. on Information Systems, vol.21, no.2, pp.155-191, 2003.
  • J. Fan, David K.Y. Yau, Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Walid G. Aref, ``Automatic image segmentation by integrating color edge detection and seeded region growing", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, vol.10, no.10, Oct., pp.1454-1466, 2001. Source Code
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