A novel real-time edge-preserving smoothing filter

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International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications (VISAPP)





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  • Reich, Simon

  • Abramov, Alexey

  • Papon, Jeremie

  • Wörgötter, Florentin

  • Dellen, Babette

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The segmentation of textured and noisy areas in images is a very challenging task due to the large variety of objects and materials in natural environments, which cannot be solved by a single similarity measure. In this paper, we address this problem by proposing a novel edge-preserving texture filter, which smudges the color values inside uniformly textured areas, thus making the processed image more workable for color-based image segmentation. Due to the highly parallel structure of the method, the implementation on a GPU runs in real-time, allowing us to process standard images within tens of milliseconds. By preprocessing images with this novel filter before applying a recent real-time color-based image segmentation method, we obtain significant improvements in performance for images from the Berkeley dataset, outperforming an alternative version using a standard bilateral filter for preprocessing. We further show that our combined approach leads to better segmentations in terms of a standard performance measure than graph-based and mean-shift segmentation for the Berkeley image dataset.


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S. Reich, A. Abramov, J. Papon, F. Wörgötter and B. Dellen. A novel real-time edge-preserving smoothing filter, 8th International Conference on Computer Vision Theory and Applications, 2013, Barcelona, pp. 1-11.