Truly interactive approaches to browsing image databases

Gerald Schaefer*, Matthew Fox, William Plant, Matthew Stuttard

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Image collections are ever growing and hence efficient and effective tools to manage these repositories are highly sought after. In this paper, we present effective image browsing systems that are operated on a large multi-touch environment for truly interactive exploration. Not only do image browsers pose a useful alternative to retrieval-based systems, they also provide a visualisation of the whole image collection and allow users to interactively explore particular parts of the collection. Our systems are based on the idea that visually similar images are located close to each other in the visualisation, that image thumbnails are arranged on a regular lattice (either a regular grid projected onto a sphere or a hexagonal lattice), and that large image datasets can be accessed through a hierarchical tree structure. A pilot study has shown that the presented systems do indeed work well and are preferred compared to conventional image browsers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings : the 7th International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems, SITIS 2011
EditorsKokou Yetongnon, Richard Chbeir, Albert Dipanda
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ (US)
PublisherIEEE
Pages340-344
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-4635-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Event7th International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems - Dijon, France
Duration: 28 Nov 20111 Dec 2011

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet-Based Systems
Abbreviated titleSITIS 2011
CountryFrance
CityDijon
Period28/11/111/12/11

Keywords

  • image browsing
  • image database navigation
  • image databases
  • interaction

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