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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 713–723

Biologically inspired framework for spatial and spectral velocity estimations

Xuefeng Liang, Peter W. McOwan, and Alan Johnston  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 713-723 (2011)

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The multichannel gradient model (McGM) is an established, biologically plausible framework for the robust extraction of image velocity. Here we describe the McGM extension into color space and report the resulting performance improvement. Our new model, in contrast to existing approaches that process color channels separately, incorporates spectral energy measures to form a local description of the stimulus chromatic spatio-temporal structure from which we can recover both spatial and spectral velocities. We present a range of comparative experiments on synthetic and natural test data that demonstrate that our new method reduces errors and is more robust over a range of viewing environments.

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OCIS Codes
(330.4150) Vision, color, and visual optics : Motion detection
(330.5020) Vision, color, and visual optics : Perception psychology

ToC Category:
Vision, Color, and Visual Optics

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2011
Published: March 31, 2011

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Xuefeng Liang, Peter W. McOwan, and Alan Johnston, "Biologically inspired framework for spatial and spectral velocity estimations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 713-723 (2011)

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