We propose a new scheme, named contourlet, that provides a flexible multiresolution, local and directional image expansion. The contourlet transform is realized efficiently via a double iterated filter bank structure. Furthermore, it can be designed to satisfy the anisotropy scaling relation for curves, and thus offers a fast and structured curvelet-like decomposition. As a result, the contourlet transform provides a sparse representation for two-dimensional piecewise smooth signals resembling images. Finally, we show some numerical experiments demonstrating the potential of contourlets in several image processing tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Image Processing
StatePublished - 2002
EventInternational Conference on Image Processing (ICIP'02) - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 22 2002Sep 25 2002


OtherInternational Conference on Image Processing (ICIP'02)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRochester, NY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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