Special Issue "Color Texture Classification"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nicolas Vandenbroucke
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Guest Editor
LISIC laboratory, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 50 rue Ferdinand Buisson, 62228 Calais CEDEX, France
Interests: color representation; color and hypespectral imaging; dimensionality reduction; feature selection; texture classification; image segmentation; machine vision applications
Dr. Alice Porebski
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Guest Editor
LISIC laboratory, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 50 rue Ferdinand Buisson, 62228 Calais CEDEX, France
Interests: color texture classification; feature selection; color representation; hyperspectral images

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Texture and color are salient visual cues in human perception and color textures provide essential information for object recognition and scene understanding. Therefore, color texture analysis is widely used in many imaging applications and color texture classification continues to be an active research topic which has seen major advances due to the emergence of deep learning in recent decades. In this context, color texture descriptors have evolved from "handcrafted" descriptors which provide color texture features based on manually defined models into "learned" descriptors which are directly designed from image data. Well-known classifiers or their combination have given way to convolutional neural networks (CNN) and pre-trained CNN. Although these deep learning and transfer models provide impressive performance, the representations generated can be difficult to understand and they suffer from their dependence on training data.

When the generated color texture features produce high-dimensional representations, bag-of-words strategies, feature selection approaches, or pooling stages are needed to reduce the dimensionality of these big data. The key challenge of color texture classification is to ensure high classification accuracy with low computation times despite a potentially large number of texture classes, high intra-class and low inter-class appearance variations of the texture, and limited training data.

The choice or the combination of different texture descriptors, color spaces, or classifiers and the integration of handcrafted descriptors into the design of deep learning models as well as the suitable adjustment of their parameters to produce interpretable, flexible, robust, invariant, and compact descriptors for color texture classification are all existing problems which remain unaddressed.

This Special Issue aims to present recent theoretical and practical advances in the field of color texture classification for researchers and practitioners, including new approaches, challenging applications, and future perspectives. Original contributions, state-of-the-art surveys, and comprehensive comparative reviews are welcome.

Dr. Nicolas Vandenbroucke
Dr. Alice Porebski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • color texture representation
  • color spaces
  • hand-designed descriptor
  • deep learning and hybrid approaches
  • dimensionality reduction
  • comparative evaluations and benchmarks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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