Induction operators for a computational colour-texture representation

M. Vanrell, R. Baldrich, A. Salvatella, R. Benavente, F. Tous

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    The aim of this paper is to outline a perceptual approach to a computational colour-texture representation based on some colour induction phenomena. The extension of classical grey level methods for texture processing to the RGB channels of the corresponding colour texture is not the best solution to simulate human perception. Chromatic induction mechanisms of the human visual system, that has been widely studied in psychophysics, play an important role when looking at. scenes where the spatial frequency is high as it occurs on texture images. Besides others, chromatic induction includes two complementary effects: chromatic assimilation and chromatic contrast. While the former has been measured by Wandell and Zhang [A spatial extension of CIELAB for digital colour image reproduction, in: SID, 1996] and extended to computer vision by Petrou et al. [Perceptual smoothing and segmentation of colour textures, in: 5th European Conference on Computer Vision, Freiburg, Germany, 1998, pp. 623] as a perceptual blurring, some aspects on the last one still remain to be measured, but it has to be a computational operator that simulates the contrast induction phenomenon performing a perceptual sharpening that preserves the structural properties of the texture. Applying both, the perceptual sharpening and the perceptual blurring, we propose to build a tower of images as an induction front-end that can be the basis of a perceptual representation of colour-textures. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)92-114
    JournalComputer Vision and Image Understanding
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


    • Colour
    • Colour induction
    • Colour-texture model
    • Perceptual blurring
    • Perceptual sharpening
    • Texture


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