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Motion estimation is one of the major problems in developing video coding applications. Among all motion estimation approaches, Block matching (BM) algorithms are the most popular methods due to their effectiveness and simplicity for both software and hardware implementations. A BM approach assumes that the movement of pixels within a defined region of the(More)
Nature-inspired computing has yielded remarkable applications of collective intelligence which considers simple elements for solving complex tasks by common interaction. On the other hand, automatic circle detection in digital images has been considered an important and complex task for the computer vision community that has devoted a tremendous amount of(More)
Medical imaging is a relevant field of application of image processing algorithms. In particular, the analysis of white blood cell (WBC) images has engaged researchers from fields of medicine and computer vision alike. Since WBCs can be approximated by a quasicircular form, a circular detector algorithm may be successfully applied. This paper presents an(More)
Segmentation is one of the most important tasks in image processing. It consist in classify the pixels into two or more groups depending on their intensity levels and a threshold value. The quality of the segmentation depends on the method applied to select the threshold. The use of the classical implementations for multilevel thresholding is(More)
Electromagnetism-like Optimization (EMO) is a global optimization algorithm , particularly well-suited to solve problems featuring non-linear and multimodal cost functions. EMO employs searcher agents that emulate a population of charged particles which interact with each other according to electromagnetism's laws of attraction and repulsion. However, EMO(More)
Template matching (TM) plays an important role in several image-processing applications such as feature tracking, object recognition, stereo matching, and remote sensing. The TM approach seeks for the best-possible resemblance between a subimage known as template and its coincident region within a source image. TM involves two critical aspects: similarity(More)