LireDemo 0.9.4 beta released

The current LireDemo 0.9.4 beta release features a new indexing routine, which is much faster than the old one. It’s based on the producer-consumer principle and makes — hopefully — optimal use of I/O and up to 8 cores of a system. Moreover, the new PHOG feature implementation is included and you can give it a try. Furthermore JCD, FCTH and CEDD got a more compact representation of their descriptors and use much less storage space now. Several small changes include parameter tuning on several descriptors and so on. All the changes have been documented in the CHANGES.txt file in the SVN.

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Open Source Software Competition of the ACM MM 2012

The ACM Multimedia Open-Source Software Competition celebrates the invaluable contribution of researchers and software developers who advance the field by providing the community with implementations of codecs, middleware, frameworks, toolkits, libraries, applications, and other multimedia software. This year will be the sixth year in running the competition as part of the ACM Multimedia program.

To qualify, software must be provided with source code and licensed in such a manner that it can be used free of charge in academic and research settings. For the competition, the software will be built from the sources. All source code, license, installation instructions and other documentation must be available on a public web page. Dependencies on non-open source third-party software are discouraged (with the exception of operating systems and commonly found commercial packages available free of charge). To encourage more diverse participation, previous years’ non-winning entries are welcome to re-submit for the 2013 competition. Student-led efforts are particularly encouraged.

Authors are highly encouraged to prepare as much documentation as possible, including examples of how the provided software might be used, download statistics or other public usage information, etc. Entries will be peer-reviewed to select entries for inclusion in the conference program as well as an overall winning entry, to be recognized formally at ACM Multimedia 2013. The criteria for judging all submissions include broad applicability and potential impact, novelty, technical depth, demo suitability, and other miscellaneous factors (e.g., maturity, popularity, student-led, no dependence on closed source, etc.).

Authors of the winning entry, and possibly additional selected entries, will be invited to demonstrate their software as part of the conference program. In addition, accepted overview papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

more information …

Important Dates

  • Open Source Software Submission Deadline: May 13, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: June 30, 2013

Serialization of LIRE global features updated

In the current SVN version three global features have been re-visited in terms of serialization. This was necessary as the index of the web demo with 300k images already exceed 1.5 GB.

Feature prior now
EdgeHistogram 320 bytes 40 bytes
JCD 1344 bytes 84 bytes
ColorLayout 14336 bytes 504 bytes

This significant reduction in space leads to (i) smaller indexes, (ii) reduced I/O time, and (iii) therefore, to faster search.

How was this done? Basically it’s clever organization of bytes. In the case of JCD the histogram has 168 entries, each in [0,127], so basically half a byte.Therefore, you can stuff 2 of these values into one byte, but you have to take care of the fact, that Java only supports bit-wise operations on ints and bytes are signed. So the trick is to create an integer in [0, 2^8-1] and then subtract 128 to get it into byte range. The inverse is done for reading. The rest is common bit shifting.

The code can be seen either in the JCD.java file in the SVN, or in the snippet at pastebin.com for your convenience.

Lire web demo updated – two additional global features

The LIRE web demo now includes an RGB color histogram as well as the MPEG-7 edge histogram implementation. The color histogram works well for instance for line art, such as this query.The edge histogram works fine for clear, gloabl edge distributions like queries such as this one. However, it’s performing different from PHOG. An example for the difference is this PHOG query compared to the according edge histogram query. The image below shows both queries.

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Web based LIRE demo now online

A new web based LIRE demo is online. Within this demo you are able to search in an index of 300.000 images from the MIRFLICKR data set. Currently online queries from within the index are allowed, so no custom query images can be uploaded. The backend is plain LIRE, so there’s no search server and alike, and it’s the current SVN version. Search is done based on hashing, so the results are approximate, but they are immediately there. Also it’s just a selection of global features, but it’s enough to get the idea. The image below shows the result of two example searches.

LIRE web demo screen shots

 

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“Visual Information Retrieval using Java and LIRE” now available for Kindle

The Kindle version of our book “Visual Information Retrieval using Java and LIRE” is now available on amazon.com (as well as Amazon in Germany, France, Italy, and Canada). It’s a good deal with 10$ (or something like 7.90 €) for the book, which is far cheaper than the PDF version and the paperback.

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Luke 4.2 Binaries

Luke, the tool to inspect Lucene indexes, is great and comes in handy if you work with Lucene. Unfortunately development seems to have slowed down (which is totally understandable to me, LIRE does the same all the time:)

However, the current binary is not able to open indexes for Lucene 4.2, neither is the SVN version. Still, Luboš Košco made an effort and put the source of an adapted version online. (Thanks to Luboš at this point!)

I basically just did the trick of cloning the repository and running the ant task to create the binary, but I still need to publish it for those who don’t want to compile their own version. Feel free to download it and use: Download luke-4.2.0.jar

Basic instructions: Run this jar with double click in your file manager or with “java -jar luke-4.2.0.jar” on the command line / bash. Then select the index you need and you are fine to go.

luke_4.2

Video tutorial on how to download and compile LIRE

The realization that setting up the project is not too trivial led to the video howto. It’s available on YouTube and shows all steps from (an already started) fresh IntelliJ IDEA to running a Junit test for LIRE. Make sure you watch the video in 1080p / full HD to be able to read all the text.

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Canny Edge Detector in Java

With the implementation of the PHOG descriptor I came around the situation that no well-performing Canny Edge Detector in pure Java was available. “Pure” in my case means, that it just takes a Java BufferedImage instance and computes the edges. Therefore, I had to implement my own :)

As a result there is now a “simple implementation” available as part of LIRE. It takes a BufferedImage and returns another BufferedImage, which contains all the edges as black pixels, while the non-edges are white. Thresholds can be changed and the blurring filter using for preprocessing can be changed in code. Usage is dead simple:

BufferedImage in = ImageIO.read(new File("testdata/wang-1000/128.jpg")); 
CannyEdgeDetector ced = new CannyEdgeDetector(in, 40, 80); 
ImageIO.write(ced.filter(), "png", new File("out.png"));

The result is the picture below:

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Pyramid Histogram of Oriented Gradients (PHOG) implemented in LIRE

Yesterday I checked in the latest LIRE revision featuring the PHOG descriptor. I basically goes along image edge lines (using the Canny Edge Detector) and makes a fuzzy histogram of gradient directions. Furthermore it does that on different pyramid levels, meaning that the image is split up like a quad-tree and all sub-images get their histogram. All histograms of levels & sub-images are concatenated and used for retrieval. First tests on the SIMPLIcity data set have shown that the current configuration of PHOG included in LIRE outperforms the EdgeHistogram descriptor.

You can find the latest version of LIRE in the SVN & in the nightly builds.

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  • A. Bosch, A. Zisserman & X. Munoz. 2007. Representing shape with a spatial pyramid kernel. In Proceedings of CIVR ’07 — [DOI] [PDF]