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Human visual weighted progressive image transmission

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2 Author(s)
B. Chitprasert ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Texas Univ., Arlington, TX, USA ; K. R. Rao

A progressive image transmission scheme which combines transform coding with the human visual system (HVS) model is developed. The adaptive transform coding of W.H. Chen and C.H. Smith (1977) is utilized to classify an image into four equally populated subblocks based on their AC energies. The modulation transfer function (MTF) of the HVS model is obtained experimentally, based on processing a number of test images. A simplified technique for incorporating the MTF into the discrete cosine transform (DCT) domain is utilized. In the hierarchical image buildup, the image is first reconstructed from the DC coefficients of all subblocks. Further transmission hierarchy of transform coefficients and consequent image buildup are dependent on their HVS weighted variances. The HVS weighted reconstructed images are compared to the ones without any weighting at several stages. The HVS weighted progressive image transmission results in perceptually higher quality images compared to the unweighted scheme

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IEEE Transactions on Communications  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 7 )