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Integral Images: Efficient Algorithms for Their Computation and Storage in Resource-Constrained Embedded Vision Systems.

Ehsan S, Clark AF - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: The integral image, an intermediate image representation, has found extensive use in multi-scale local feature detection algorithms, such as Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF), allowing fast computation of rectangular features at constant speed, independent of filter size.An efficient design strategy is also proposed for a parallel integral image computation unit to reduce the size of the required internal memory (nearly 35% for common HD video).Addressing the storage problem of integral image in embedded vision systems, the paper presents two algorithms which allow substantial decrease (at least 44.44%) in the memory requirements.

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Affiliation: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK. sehsan@essex.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
The integral image, an intermediate image representation, has found extensive use in multi-scale local feature detection algorithms, such as Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF), allowing fast computation of rectangular features at constant speed, independent of filter size. For resource-constrained real-time embedded vision systems, computation and storage of integral image presents several design challenges due to strict timing and hardware limitations. Although calculation of the integral image only consists of simple addition operations, the total number of operations is large owing to the generally large size of image data. Recursive equations allow substantial decrease in the number of operations but require calculation in a serial fashion. This paper presents two new hardware algorithms that are based on the decomposition of these recursive equations, allowing calculation of up to four integral image values in a row-parallel way without significantly increasing the number of operations. An efficient design strategy is also proposed for a parallel integral image computation unit to reduce the size of the required internal memory (nearly 35% for common HD video). Addressing the storage problem of integral image in embedded vision systems, the paper presents two algorithms which allow substantial decrease (at least 44.44%) in the memory requirements. Finally, the paper provides a case study that highlights the utility of the proposed architectures in embedded vision systems.

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A sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9. The shaded regions indicate the integral image values that need to be stored in the memory.
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sensors-15-16804-f013: A sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9. The shaded regions indicate the integral image values that need to be stored in the memory.

Mentions: Figure 13 shows all 3 × 3 blocks for a sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9 (with values shaded as to whether they need to be stored or discarded). Out of the 81 integral image values in Figure 13, only 45 values need to be stored in memory, meaning that this method achieves a 44.44% reduction in the storage requirements for the integral image. Moreover, this reduction is independent of the input image size and the box filter size.


Integral Images: Efficient Algorithms for Their Computation and Storage in Resource-Constrained Embedded Vision Systems.

Ehsan S, Clark AF - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

A sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9. The shaded regions indicate the integral image values that need to be stored in the memory.
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sensors-15-16804-f013: A sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9. The shaded regions indicate the integral image values that need to be stored in the memory.
Mentions: Figure 13 shows all 3 × 3 blocks for a sample integral image of dimensions 9 × 9 (with values shaded as to whether they need to be stored or discarded). Out of the 81 integral image values in Figure 13, only 45 values need to be stored in memory, meaning that this method achieves a 44.44% reduction in the storage requirements for the integral image. Moreover, this reduction is independent of the input image size and the box filter size.

Bottom Line: The integral image, an intermediate image representation, has found extensive use in multi-scale local feature detection algorithms, such as Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF), allowing fast computation of rectangular features at constant speed, independent of filter size.An efficient design strategy is also proposed for a parallel integral image computation unit to reduce the size of the required internal memory (nearly 35% for common HD video).Addressing the storage problem of integral image in embedded vision systems, the paper presents two algorithms which allow substantial decrease (at least 44.44%) in the memory requirements.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK. sehsan@essex.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT
The integral image, an intermediate image representation, has found extensive use in multi-scale local feature detection algorithms, such as Speeded-Up Robust Features (SURF), allowing fast computation of rectangular features at constant speed, independent of filter size. For resource-constrained real-time embedded vision systems, computation and storage of integral image presents several design challenges due to strict timing and hardware limitations. Although calculation of the integral image only consists of simple addition operations, the total number of operations is large owing to the generally large size of image data. Recursive equations allow substantial decrease in the number of operations but require calculation in a serial fashion. This paper presents two new hardware algorithms that are based on the decomposition of these recursive equations, allowing calculation of up to four integral image values in a row-parallel way without significantly increasing the number of operations. An efficient design strategy is also proposed for a parallel integral image computation unit to reduce the size of the required internal memory (nearly 35% for common HD video). Addressing the storage problem of integral image in embedded vision systems, the paper presents two algorithms which allow substantial decrease (at least 44.44%) in the memory requirements. Finally, the paper provides a case study that highlights the utility of the proposed architectures in embedded vision systems.

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