The Conformal Monogenic Signal of Image Sequences
Based on the research results of the Kiel University Cognitive Systems Group in the field of multidimensional signal processing and Computer Vision, this book chapter presents new ideas in 2D/3D and multidimensional signal theory. The novel approach, called the conformal monogenic signal, is a rotationally invariant quadrature filter for extracting i(ntrinsic)1D and i2D local features of any curved 2D signal - such as lines, edges, corners and circles - without the use of any heuristics or steering techniques. The conformal monogenic signal contains the monogenic signal as a special case for i1D signals - such as lines and edges - and combines monogenic scale space, local energy, direction/orientation, both i1D and i2D phase and curvature in one unified algebraic framework. The conformal monogenic signal will be theoretically illustrated and motivated in detail by the relation of the 3D Radon transform and the generalized Hilbert transform on the sphere. The main idea of the conformal monogenic signal is to lift up 2D signals by stereographic projection to a higher dimensional conformal space where the local signal features can be analyzed with more degrees of freedom compared to the flat two-dimensional space of the original signal domain. The philosophy of the conformal monogenic signal is based on the idea to make use of the direct relation of the original two-dimensional signal and abstract geometric entities such as lines, circles, planes and spheres. Furthermore, the conformal monogenic signal can not only be extended to 3D signals (image sequences) but also to signals of any dimension.
The main advantages of the conformal monogenic signal in practical applications are the completeness with respect to the intrinsic dimension of the signal, the rotational invariance, the low computational time complexity, the easy implementation into existing Computer Vision software packages and the numerical robustness of calculating exact local curvature of signals without the need of any derivatives.
KeywordsConformal Space Stereographic Projection Local Phase Phase Congruency Monogenic Signal
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