Proximity Based Object Segmentation in Natural Color Images Using the Level Set Method

Tran Lan Anh NGUYEN  Gueesang LEE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E96-A    No.8    pp.1744-1751
Publication Date: 2013/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E96.A.1744
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Image
object-of-interest segmentation,  Bhattacharyya flow,  graph partitioning,  level set,  natural color image,  

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Segmenting indicated objects from natural color images remains a challenging problem for researches of image processing. In this paper, a novel level set approach is presented, to address this issue. In this segmentation algorithm, a contour that lies inside a particular region of the concerned object is first initialized by a user. The level set model is then applied, to extract the object of arbitrary shape and size containing this initial region. Constrained on the position of the initial contour, our proposed framework combines two particular energy terms, namely local and global energy, in its energy functional, to control movement of the contour toward object boundaries. These energy terms are mainly based on graph partitioning active contour models and Bhattacharyya flow, respectively. Its flow describes dissimilarities, measuring correlative relationships between the region of interest and surroundings. The experimental results obtained from our image collection show that the suggested method yields accurate and good performance, or better than a number of segmentation algorithms, when applied to various natural images.