Texture Segmentation Using a Kernel Modifying Neural Network

Keisuke KAMEYAMA  Kenzo MORI  Yukio KOSUGI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E80-D   No.11   pp.1092-1101
Publication Date: 1997/11/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image Processing,Computer Graphics and Pattern Recognition
texture,  neural network,  Gabor filter,  image segmentation,  backpropagation,  spatial frequency,  

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A novel neural network architecture for image texture classification is introduced. The proposed model (Kernel Modifying Neural Network: KM Net) which incorporates the convolution filter kernel and the classifier in one, enables an automated texture feature extraction in multichannel texture classification through the modification of the kernel and the connection weights by the backpropagation-based training rule. The first layer units working as the convolution kernels are constrained to be an array of Gabor filters, which achieves a most efficient texture feature localization. The following layers work as a classifier of the extracted texture feature vectors. The capability of the KM Net and its training rule is verified using a basic problem on a synthetic texture image. In addition, the possibilities of applying the KM Net to natural texture classification and biological tissue classification using an ultrasonic echo image have been tried.