Imagegrouper: Search, annotate and organize images by groups

Munehiro Nakazato, Lubomir Manola, Thomas S. Huang

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In Content-based Image Retrieval (CBIR), trial-and-error query is essential for successful retrieval. Unfortunately, the traditional user interfaces are not suitable for trying different combinations of query examples. This is because first, these systems assume query examples are added incrementally. Second, the query specification and result display are done on the same workspace. Once the user removes an image from the query examples, the image may disappear from the user interface. In addition, it is difficult to combine the result of different queries. In this paper, we propose a new interface for Content-based image retrieval named ImageGrouper. In our system, the users can interactively compare different combinations of query examples by dragging and grouping images on the workspace (Query-by-Group.) Because the query results are displayed on another pane, the user can quickly review the results. Combining different queries is also easy. Furthermore, the concept of “image groups” is also applied to annotating and organizing a large number of images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Visual Information Systems - 5th International Conference, VISUAL 2002, Proceedings
EditorsShi-Kuo Chang, Zen Chen, Suh-Yin Lee
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)3540433589
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Visual Information Systems, VISUAL 2002 - Hsin Chu, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Mar 11 2002Mar 13 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other5th International Conference on Visual Information Systems, VISUAL 2002
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityHsin Chu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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