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PDE-based Morphology for Matrix Fields: Numerical Solution Schemes

By Bernhard Burgeth, Michael Breuß, Stephan Didas and Joachim Weickert


Tensor fields are important in digital imaging and computer vision. Hence there is a demand for morphological operations to perform e.g. shape analysis, segmentation or enhancement procedures. Recently, fundamental morphological concepts have been transferred to the setting of fields of symmetric positive definite matrices, which are symmetric rank two tensors. This has been achieved by a matrixvalued extension of the nonlinear morphological partial differential equations (PDEs) for dilation and erosion known for grey scale images. Having these two basic operations at our disposal, more advanced morphological operators such as top hats or morphological derivatives for matrix fields with symmetric, positive semidefinite matrices can be constructed. The approach realises a proper coupling of the matrix channels rather than treating them independently. However, from the algorithmic side the usual scalar morphological PDEs are transport equations that require special upwind-schemes or nove

Year: 2010
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