A Parametric Spectral Model for Texture-Based Salience

  • Kasim Terzić
  • Sai Krishna
  • J. M. H. du Buf
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9358)


We present a novel saliency mechanism based on texture. Local texture at each pixel is characterised by the 2D spectrum obtained from oriented Gabor filters. We then apply a parametric model and describe the texture at each pixel by a combination of two 1D Gaussian approximations. This results in a simple model which consists of only four parameters. These four parameters are then used as feature channels and standard Difference-of-Gaussian blob detection is applied in order to detect salient areas in the image, similar to the Itti and Koch model. Finally, a diffusion process is used to sharpen the resulting regions. Evaluation on a large saliency dataset shows a significant improvement of our method over the baseline Itti and Koch model.



This work was supported by the EU under the FP-7 grant ICT-2009.2.1-270247 NeuralDynamics and by the FCT under the grants LarSYS UID/EEA/50009/2013 and SparseCoding EXPL/EEI-SII/1982/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kasim Terzić
    • 1
  • Sai Krishna
    • 1
  • J. M. H. du Buf
    • 1
  1. 1.Vision Laboratory/LARSysUniversity of the AlgarveFaroPortugal

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