Visual attention analysis by pseudo gravitational field

Yezhou Yang, Mingli Song, Na Li, Jiajun Bu, Chun Chen

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Abstract

As a crucial step of the visual cognition and perception, visual attention analysis shows great importance in many research or application areas. In this paper, we treat this problem from a new angle, inspired by the classic gravitational field theory. By defining "mass" of each pixel, we compute "force" between them to obtain a so-called pseudo gravitational field over an image. Then, we propose an iteration algorithm to simulate the movement of the fixation points affected by this field. Finally, stable visual attention points or areas are obtained when those fixation points finally aggregate around some special pixels or areas. The main contributions are threefold: (1) by introducing classic gravitational field theory into visual attention analysis, a new point of view is proposed; (2) a competition scheme is constructed and the meaning of attraction can be applied into visual attention analysis intuitively; (3) by using pixels into computation through down sampling, a faster analysis method is achieved. The experimental result shows that our method is effective and consistent with the generally accepted definition of visual attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMM'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Multimedia Conference, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums
Pages553-556
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 28 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event17th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums - Beijing, China
Duration: Oct 19 2009Oct 24 2009

Publication series

NameMM'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Multimedia Conference, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums

Other

Other17th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM'09, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period10/19/0910/24/09

Keywords

  • Attention analysis
  • Gravitational field
  • Simulation algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Yang, Y., Song, M., Li, N., Bu, J., & Chen, C. (2009). Visual attention analysis by pseudo gravitational field. In MM'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Multimedia Conference, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums (pp. 553-556). (MM'09 - Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Multimedia Conference, with Co-located Workshops and Symposiums). https://doi.org/10.1145/1631272.1631354