Michael S. Lew

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In most well known image retrieval test sets, the imagery typically cannot be freely distributed or is not representative of a large community of users. In this paper we present a collection for the MIR community comprising 25000 images from the Flickr website which are redistributable for research purposes and represent a real community of users both in(More)
Extending beyond the boundaries of science, art, and culture, content-based multimedia information retrieval provides new paradigms and methods for searching through the myriad variety of media all over the world. This survey reviews 100+ recent articles on content-based multimedia information retrieval and discusses their role in current research(More)
The MIR Flickr collection consists of 25000 high-quality photographic images of thousands of Flickr users, made available under the Creative Commons license. The database includes all the original user tags and EXIF metadata. Additionally, detailed and accurate annotations are provided for topics corresponding to the most prominent visual concepts in the(More)
There is a growing trend toward emotional intelligence in human–computer interaction paradigms. In order to react appropriately to a human, the computer would need to have some perception of the emotional state of the human. We assert that the most informative channel for machine perception of emotions is through facial expressions in video. One current(More)
The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS) is a homogeneous wide-area distributed system consisting of four cluster computers at different locations. DAS has been used for research on communication software, parallel languages and programming systems, schedulers, parallel applications, and distributed applications. The paper gives a preview of the most(More)
Content-based Image Retrieval (CBIR) has become one of the most active research areas in the past few years. Most of the attention from the research has been focused on indexing techniques based on global feature distributions. However, these global distributions have limited discriminating power because they are unable to capture local image information.(More)
M ajor search engines such as Hotbot (http://www.hotbot.com) help us find text on the Web, but typically have few or no capabilities for finding visual media. Yet many Web users—such as magazine editors or professional Web site designers— need to find images using just a few global features. With hundreds of millions of sites to search through, and 73(More)
Recognizing human facial expression and emotion by computer is an interesting and challenging problem. In this paper we propose a method for recognizing emotions through facial expressions displayed in video sequences. We introduce the Cauchy Naive Bayes classifier which uses the Cauchy distribution as the model distribution and we provide a framework for(More)
TOP-SURF is an image descriptor that combines interest points with visual words, resulting in a high performance yet compact descriptor that is designed with a wide range of content-based image retrieval applications in mind. TOP-SURF offers the flexibility to vary descriptor size and supports very fast image matching. In addition to the source code for the(More)
ÐIn many computer vision algorithms, a metric or similarity measure is used to determine the distance between two features. The Euclidean or SSD (sum of the squared differences) metric is prevalent and justified from a maximum likelihood perspective when the additive noise distribution is Gaussian. Based on real noise distributions measured from(More)