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15 September 2005 Video rate color region segmentation for mobile robotic applications
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Color Region may be an interesting image feature to extract for visual tasks in robotics, such as navigation and obstacle avoidance. But, whereas numerous methods are used for vision systems embedded on robots, only a few use this segmentation mainly because of the processing duration. In this paper, we propose a new real-time (ie. video rate) color region segmentation followed by a robust color classification and a merging of regions, dedicated to various applications such as RoboCup four-legged league or an industrial conveyor wheeled robot. Performances of this algorithm and confrontation with other methods, in terms of result quality and temporal performances are provided. For better quality results, the obtained speed up is between 2 and 4. For same quality results, the it is up to 10. We present also the outlines of the Dynamic Vision System of the CLEOPATRE Project - for which this segmentation has been developed - and the Clear Box Methodology which allowed us to create the new color region segmentation from the evaluation and the knowledge of other well known segmentations.
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Aymeric de Cabrol, Patrick J. Bonnin, Vincent Hugel, Pierre Blazevic, and Maryline Chetto "Video rate color region segmentation for mobile robotic applications", Proc. SPIE 5909, Applications of Digital Image Processing XXVIII, 59091E (15 September 2005);

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