Negative determinant of Hessian features

Lakemond, Ruan, Fookes, Clinton B., & Sridharan, Sridha (2011) Negative determinant of Hessian features. In International Conference on Digital Image Computing : Techniques and Applications (DICTA 2011), 6-8 December 2011, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa, Noosa, QLD.

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Local image feature extractors that select local maxima of the determinant of Hessian function have been shown to perform well and are widely used. This paper introduces the negative local minima of the determinant of Hessian function for local feature extraction. The properties and scale-space behaviour of these features are examined and found to be desirable for feature extraction. It is shown how this new feature type can be implemented along with the existing local maxima approach at negligible extra processing cost.

Applications to affine covariant feature extraction and sub-pixel precise corner extraction are demonstrated.

Experimental results indicate that the new corner detector is more robust to image blur and noise than existing methods. It is also accurate for a broader range of corner geometries.

An affine covariant feature extractor is implemented by combining the minima of the determinant of Hessian with existing scale and shape adaptation methods. This extractor can be implemented along side the existing Hessian maxima extractor simply by finding both minima and maxima during the initial extraction stage. The minima features increase the number of correspondences by two to four fold. The additional minima features are very distinct from the maxima features in descriptor space and do not make the matching process more ambiguous.

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ID Code: 46993
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: image processing, determinant of Hessian, local image features
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Computer Vision (080104)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2011 22:06
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2015 01:48

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