ECE Seminar with Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas
- 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 2, 2013
- Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339
Visual Signal Analysis and Compression: Focus on Texture Similarity With Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Northwestern University Faculty Host: Janusz Konrad Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 1:45 p.m. Abstract: Texture is an important visual attribute both for human perception and image analysis systems. We present new structural texture similarity metrics and applications that critically depend on such metrics, with emphasis on image compression and content-based retrieval. The new metrics account for human visual perception and the stochastic nature of textures. They rely entirely on local image statistics and allow substantial point-by-point deviations between textures that according to human judgment are similar or essentially identical. We also present new testing procedures for objective texture similarity metrics. We identify three operating domains for evaluating the performance of such similarity metrics: the top of the similarity scale, where a monotonic relationship between metric values and subjective scores is desired; the ability to distinguish between perceptually similar and dissimilar textures; and the ability to retrieve "identical" textures. Each domain has different performance goals and requires different testing procedures. Experimental results demonstrate both the performance of the proposed metrics and the effectiveness of the proposed subjective testing procedures. About the Speaker: Thrasos Pappas received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1987. From 1987 until 1999, he was a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J. He joined the EECS Department at Northwestern in 1999. His research interests are in image and video quality and compression, image and video analysis, content-based retrieval, perceptual models for multimedia processing, model-based halftoning, and tactile and multimodal interfaces. Professor Pappas is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE. He has served as editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (2010-12), elected member of the Board of Governors of the Signal Processing Society of IEEE (2004-07), chair of the IEEE Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2002-03), and technical program co-chair of ICIP-01 and ICIP-09. Since 1997, he has been co-chair of the SPIE/IS&T Conference on Human Vision and Electronic Imaging.