A knowledge-based approach for retrieving images by content

Chih-Cheng Hsu, W.W. Chu, R.K. Taira
1996 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering  
A knowledge-based approach is introduced for retrieving images by content. It supports the answering of conceptual image queries involving similar-to predicates, spatial semantic operators, and references to conceptual terms. Interested objects in the images are represented by contours segmented from images. Image content such as shapes and spatial relationships are derived from object contours according to domain-speci c image knowledge. A three-layered model is proposed for integrating image
more » ... epresentations, extracted image features, and image semantics. With such a model, images can be retrieved based on the features and content speci ed in the queries. The knowledge-based query processing is based on a query relaxation technique. The image features are classi ed by an automatic clustering algorithm and represented by Type Abstraction Hierarchies (TAHs) for knowledge-based query processing. Since the features selected for TAH generation are based on context and user pro le, and the TAHs can be generated automatically by a clustering algorithm from the feature database, our proposed image retrieval approach is scalable and context-sensitive. The performance of the proposed knowledge-based query processing is also discussed.
doi:10.1109/69.536245 fatcat:3rhlhpoe2vhupa7ld2bmtzv5ru