An Image Completion Algorithm Using Occlusion-Free Images from Internet Photo Sharing Sites

Hanieh AMIRSHAHI  Satoshi KONDO  Koichi ITO  Takafumi AOKI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E91-A   No.10   pp.2918-2927
Publication Date: 2008/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e91-a.10.2918
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Smart Multimedia & Communication Systems)
Category: Image Processing
Keyword: 
image completion,  image analysis,  image composting,  image processing,  database searching,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we propose an image completion algorithm which takes advantage of the countless number of images available on Internet photo sharing sites to replace occlusions in an input image. The algorithm 1) automatically selects the most suitable images from a database of downloaded images and 2) seamlessly completes the input image using the selected images with minimal user intervention. Experimental results on input images captured at various locations and scene conditions demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique in seamlessly reconstructing user-defined occlusions.