Web-Based Image Retrieval with a Case Study

  • Ying Liu
  • Danqing Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2642)


Advances in content-based image retrieval(CBIR)lead to numerous efficient techniques for retrieving images based on their content features, such as colours, textures and shapes. However, CBIR to date has been mainly focused on a centralised environment, ignoring the rapidly increasing image collection in the world, the images on the Web. In this paper, we study the problem of distributed CBIR in the environment of the Web where image collections are represented as normal and typically autonomous websites. After an analysis of challenging issues in applying current CBIR techniques to this new environment, we explore architectural possibilities and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. Finally we present a case study of distributed CBIR based exclusively on texture features. A new method to derive texture-based global similarity ranking suggests that, with a deep understanding of feature extraction algorithms, it is possible to have a better and more predictable way to merge local rankings from heterogeneous sources than using the commonly used method of assigning different weights.


Discrete Wavelet Transform Image Retrieval Global Ranking CBIR System Feature Extraction Algorithm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Liu
    • 1
  • Danqing Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Infomation Technology and Electrical EngineeringUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Creative Industries FacultyQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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