Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 205–223 | Cite as

Shape Restoration via a Regularized Curvature Flow

  • Debora Gil
  • Petia Radeva


Any image filtering operator designed for automatic shape restoration should satisfy robustness (whatever the nature and degree of noise is) as well as non-trivial smooth asymptotic behavior. Moreover, a stopping criterion should be determined by characteristics of the evolved image rather than dependent on the number of iterations. Among the several PDE based techniques, curvature flows appear to be highly reliable for strongly noisy images compared to image diffusion processes.

In the present paper, we introduce a regularized curvature flow (RCF) that admits non-trivial steady states. It is based on a measure of the local curve smoothness that takes into account regularity of the curve curvature and serves as stopping term in the mean curvature flow. We prove that this measure decreases over the orbits of RCF, which endows the method with a natural stop criterion in terms of the magnitude of this measure. Further, in its discrete version it produces steady states consisting of piece-wise regular curves. Numerical experiments made on synthetic shapes corrupted with different kinds of noise show the abilities and limitations of each of the current geometric flows and the benefits of RCF. Finally, we present results on real images that illustrate the usefulness of the present approach in practical applications.

non-linear filtering geometric flows shape restoration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debora Gil
    • 1
  • Petia Radeva
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Vision Center (CVC)Edifici O, Campus UABBellaterra, BarcelonaSpain

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