Globally Optimal Finsler Active Contours

TitleGlobally Optimal Finsler Active Contours
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsZach C, Shan L, Frahm J-M, Niethammer M
Conference NameDAGM

We present a continuous and convex formulation for Finsler active contours using seed regions or utilizing a regional bias term. The utilization of general Finsler metrics instead of Riemannian metrics allows the segmentation boundary to favor appropriate locations (e.g. with strong image discontinuities) and suitable directions (e.g. aligned with dark to bright image gradients). Strong edges are not required everywhere along the desired segmentation boundary due to incorporation of a regional bias. The resulting optimization procedure is simple and efficient, and leads to binary segmentation results regardless of the underlying continuous formulation. We demonstrate the proposed method in several examples.