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An Overview of Semantic-Based Visual Information Retrieval

An Overview of Semantic-Based Visual Information Retrieval
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Author(s): Yu-Jin Zhang (Tsinghua University, China)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 6
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch476


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Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) could be described as a process framework for efficiently retrieving images from a collection by similarity. The retrieval relies on extracting the appropriate characteristic quantities describing the desired contents of images. Content-based video retrieval (CBVR) made its appearance in treating video in the similar means as CBIR treating images. Content-based visual information retrieval (CBVIR) combines CBIR and CBVR together (Zhang, 2003). With the progress of electronic equipments and computer techniques for visual information capturing and processing, a huge number of image and video records have been collected. Visual information becomes a well-known information format and a popular element in all aspects of our society. The large visual data make the dynamic research to be focused on the problem of how to efficiently capture, store, access, process, represent, describe, query, search, and retrieve their contents. In the last years, CBVIR has experienced significant growth and progress, resulting in a virtual explosion of published information. It has attracted many interests from image engineering, computer vision and the database community. The current focus of CBVIR is around capturing highlevel semantics, that is, the so-called Semantic-based Visual Information Retrieval (SBVIR). This article will first show some statistics about the research publications on SBVIR in recent years to give an idea about its developments statue. It then gives an overview on several current centers of attention, by summarizing results on subjects such as image and video annotation, human-computer interaction, models and tools for semantic retrieval, and miscellaneous techniques in applications. Finally, some future research directions, the domain knowledge and learning, relevance feedback and association feedback, as well as research at even high levels, such as cognitive level and affective level, are pointed out.

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