Amos Storkey

Image Understanding

Automated methods for parsing images have been a holy grail of computer vision for many years. The techniques that have been used have developed significantly over time. A number of people have been involved in pushing forward probabilistic approaches for image understanding. Such methods can be very useful as the probabilistic machinery provides consistent methods for representing prior knowledge and combining information from a multitude of sources. Work is this area can either be high level (object classification and connectivity), or low level (distributions of local areas or features in an image). Some of the work I am or have been involved in includes

We provide some details of a few of these approaches. For more information see the publications on this.

Dynamic trees

Dynamic trees are a useful and efficient approach to construction of parse trees for images. They can be used for construction of class labels for image segmentation. They avoid the blocky artefacts produced by fixed tree structures.


Dynamic Tree like structures can also be utilised for super-resolution. Here we demonstrate a simple approach which avoids the need to utilise empirical priors and hence does not need a large example base to work with.

Use of Discrete Cosine Priors for Image Decompression

Jpeg compression utilises quantisation of the discrete cosine transform (DCT) for lossy encoding. However standard decompression techniques simply use the quantised values as if they were true. In fact we can obtain prior information regarding the values the DCT coefficients take, and combine that with constraints across JPEG blocks to reduce the blocky artefacts which JPEG compression creates.

Amos Storkey 2000-2005.