Optimization problems arise in a wide variety of scientific disciplines. In many practical problems, a global optimum is desired, yet the objective function has multiple local optima. A number of techniques aimed at solving the global optimization problem have emerged in the last 30 years of research. This thesis first reviews techniques for local optimization and then discusses many of the stochastic and deterministic methods for global optimization that are in use today. Finally, this thesis shows how to apply global optimization techniques to two practical problems: the image segmentation problem (from imaging science) and the 3-D registration problem (from computer vision).
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Mathematical optimization; Image processing--Mathematical models; Computer vision--Mathematical models
Department, Program, or Center
School of Mathematical Sciences (COS)
Cahill, Nathan, "Global optimization: techniques and applications" (2000). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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