Phase singularities for image representation and matching

Yu Qiao, Wei Wang, Nobuaki Minematsu, Jianzhuang Liu, Xiaoou Tang

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Phase features are widely used in image processing and representation due to their stability to deformation and noise [1, 2]. However, phase singularities,where the signals vanish, are generally regarded as harmful and unreliable facts [3]. In this paper, on the contrary, we will show that phase singularities calculated by Laguerre-Gauss filter contain important information of input image and can provide a reliable representation for image matching. We show that the positions of phase singularities are invariant to translation and rotation. Usually, it is possible to recover the input image up to a constant scaling only from the positions of phase singularities. We study phase singularities in scale space, which allows us to determine the "intrinsic scales" of key phase singularities. We introduce three physical measures of the local structures of phase singularities and combine these measures with SIFT descriptor [4] for image matching. We execute experiments on benchmark database [5] to examine the proposed methods. The results indicate that the proposed method can achieve comparable performance with certain well-known methods [4, 5]. ©2008 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event33rd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2008 - Las Vegas, NV, USA, Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 30 Mar 20084 Apr 2008


Conference33rd IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing 2008
Abbreviated titleICASSP 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Image matching
  • Image representation
  • Phase singularity
  • Scale space


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