Interpretation of images from intensity, texture and geometry

Jacob Schack Vestergaard

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis

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The goal of the thesis is to develop flexible mathematical methods for quantitative interpretation of image content. Problems from research areas as diverse as evolutionary biology, remote sensing and materials science have motivated the methodological development. The solutions are inspired by classical mathematical image analysis techniques, information theory, probabilistic graphical models and manifold learning.

Specifically, the thesis revolves around describing three major components of images, namely intensity, texture and geometry. Intensity distribution modelling is important for obtaining useful global representations of the raw image data. Texture description provides a local representation of the image content, useful for descriptive and discriminative scenarios. Geometrical knowledge of the image content is leveraged within the framework of Markov random fields. Mathematical models are developed around these three topics and constitute building blocks useful for engineering image-based solutions to a wide range of problems.

The contributions include automated quantification of frog patterning from field imagery, statistical methods for estimating the genetic basis of quantified mimicry phenotypes, estimation of the atomic structure of graphene from low-contrast transmission electron microscopy images and patch-based crop classification from synthetic aperture radar data. Further, an information theoretic approach to two-set image decomposition is presented, representing a purely methodological contribution.

This thesis makes statistical image analysis available to fellow researchers with domain specific problems, and provides new methodology relevant for the field itself.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Number of pages290
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesDTU Compute PHD-2014


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