Shape Indexing and Retrieval: A Hybrid Approach Using Ontological Descriptions

  • O. Starostenko
  • J. Rodríguez-Asomoza
  • S.E. Sénchez-López
  • J.A. Chévez-Aragón


This paper presents a novel hybrid approach for visual information retrieval (VIR) that combines shape analysis of objects in image with their indexing by textual descriptions. The principal goal of presented technique is applying Two Segments Turning Function (2STF) proposed by authors for efficient invariant to spatial variations shape processing and implementation of semantic Web approaches for ontology-based user-oriented annotations of multimedia information. In the proposed approach the user’s textual queries are converted to image features, which are used for images searching, indexing, interpretation, and retrieval. A decision about similarity between retrieved image and user’s query is taken computing the shape convergence to 2STF combining it with matching the ontological annotations of objects in image and providing in this way automatic definition of the machine-understandable semantics. In order to evaluate the proposed approach the Image Retrieval by Ontological Description of Shapes system has been designed and tested using some standard image domains.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Starostenko
    • 1
  • J. Rodríguez-Asomoza
    • 1
  • S.E. Sénchez-López
    • 1
  • J.A. Chévez-Aragón
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center CENTIACEM DepartmentUniversidad de las Américas-Puebla
  2. 2.Universidad Autónoma de TlaxcalaApizacoMexico

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