Mobile imaging helps realize "any time, anywhere" visual communication by allowing consumers to capture, review, share, and print pictures via mobile devices while "on the go". However, major technical challenges exist in bandwidth, power consumption, display and other areas. As a result, the limited resources available in mobile imaging need to be utilized in an intelligent and effective fashion. To this end, we propose to use emphasis image selection (EIS), which automatically selects the most important image, i.e., the one that should receive the most attention or special treatment, given a set of photographic images that typically belong to the same event. Images from a film photofinishing order or a digital camera memory card are first clustered into groups related to different events based on metadata and image content. Emphasis images are selected to provide a summary of the group content and are sent to mobile devices for preview, sharing, browsing, and printing. Emphasis images also receive favorable treatment in image rendering, compression and transmission. Experimental results using consumer pictures are presented to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed system.

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"Efficient mobile imaging using emphasis image selection," PICS 2003: The PICS Conference, An International Technical Conference on The Science and Systems of Digital Photography, including the Fifth International Symposium on Multispectral Color Science. The Society of Imaging Science and Technology. Held in Rochester, New York: 13 May 2003. This article may be accessed on the publisher's website (additional fees may apply) at: http://www.imaging.org/store/epub.cfm?abstrid=8545ISBN:0-89208-245-3Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)


RIT – Main Campus