Spectral Color Imaging

  • Jussi Parkkinen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2749)


In fully understanding the color and its digital management, a three dimensional color representation (e.g. RGB) is not enough. The color should be represented by a n-dimensional color spectrum. Nowadays many color applications are looking for the use of color spectrum for a manageable and accurate color representation. Also new devices for spectral color acquisition and display are under investigation.

In the presentation, the spectral color approach will be introduced, spectral image analysis methods and new devices for imaging described, and application examples shown. The term spectral instead of multispectral is used. This follows the logic where the binary image has binary value in each pixel and gray-level image has a gray-value in each pixel. Since in the images we are interested have a spectrum in each pixel, we call them spectral images. In e.g. remote sensing these imagesare called multi- or hyperspectral images.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jussi Parkkinen
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  1. 1.Joensuu Color GroupUniversity of JoensuuJoensuuFinland

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