Termites: a Retinex implementation based on a colony of agents
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Original versionSimone, G., Farup, I., Audino, G. & Rizzi, A. (2012). Termites: a Retinex implementation based on a colony of agents. Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 8292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.910276
This paper describes a novel implementation of the Retinex algorithm with the exploration of the image done by an ant swarm. In this case the purpose of the ant colony is not the optimization of some constraints but is an alternative way to explore the image content as diffused as possible, with the possibility of tuning the exploration parameters to the image content trying to better approach the Human Visual System behavior. For this reason, we used “termites”, instead of ants, to underline the idea of the eager exploration of the image. The paper presents the spatial characteristics of locality and discusses differences in path exploration with other Retinex implementations. Furthermore a psychophysical experiment has been carried out on eight images with 20 observers and results indicate that a termite swarm should investigate a particular region of an image to find the local reference white.
This is the copy of journal's version originally published in Proc. SPIE 8292: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.910276. Reprinted with permission of SPIE.