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Searching images using an image

On physorg.com I came across this article about a new image-searching system. It’s not hard to see applications for this, especially in automated surveillance systems. I wonder if it could also be used to scan astronomical photo-surveys for significant objects? Can’t see why not.

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Peyman Milanfar, a professor of electrical engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC, and graduate student Hae Jong Seo were able to overcome a major drawback of existing methods for computer recognition of objects in images–the need for an extensive “training” phase using a large number of examples. With a single photograph or video clip as a template, their software can sift through thousands of images or videos to pull out the ones that look like the template.

~ by BT Murtagh on November 10, 2009.

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