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A system for distributed image acquisition, content-analysis and similarity retrieval

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3 Author(s)
Noorzaie, I. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Texas Univ., Arlington, TX, USA ; Aslandogan, Y.A. ; Celebi, M.E.

Emergence of mobile communications devices capable of acquiring high-resolution images and sensor devices with communication capabilities contributes to the increasing feasibility of remote screening of various medical and environmental conditions. In this work we present a system that supports remote acquisition of images and similarity retrieval from a centralized database after automatic content analysis. The system supports remote image acquisition by a device such as a smart phone, wireless PDA or digital camera, and communication via the Internet. While the system architecture is generic to accommodate various uses, we have implemented a prototype for the remote screening of skin lesion images. Accordingly, the system incorporates content analysis modules such as a segmentation module, shape analyzers and a shape-feature based similarity computation module. The whole process is automated: clients use a Web interface to submit a query image, which goes through an automated analysis procedure and produces an interactive report containing similar images and a risk analysis report. Immediate application areas include distributed detection and monitoring of environmental hazards, recognition of biochemical security threats and medical conditions.

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Information Reuse and Integration, 2004. IRI 2004. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on

Date of Conference:

8-10 Nov. 2004