Deep-learned Models and Photography Idea Retrieval

Intelligent Portrait Composition Assistance (IPCA), Farshid Farhat, Mohammad Mahdi Kamani, Sahil Mishra, James Wang, ACM Multimedia 2017, Mountain View, CA, USA. ABSTRACT: Retrieving photography ideas corresponding to a given location facilitates the usage of smart cameras, where there is a high interest among amateurs and enthusiasts to take astonishing photos at anytime and in any location. Existing […]

Leveraging big visual data to predict severe weather

NEWS SOURCEs [www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170621145133.htm www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/ps-nir062117.php phys.org/news/2017-06-leverages-big-severe-weather.html sciencenewsline.com/news/2017062217300053.html] Every year, severe weather endangers millions of people and causes billions of dollars in damage worldwide. But new research from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and AccuWeather has found a way to better predict some of these threats by harnessing the power of big data. […]

Discovering Triangles in Portraits and Landscapes

ABSTRACT Incorporating the concept of triangles in photos is an effective composition method used by professional photographers for making pictures more interesting or dynamic. Information on the locations of the embedded triangles is valuable for comparing the composition of portrait photos, which can be further leveraged by a retrieval system or used by photographers. This […]

Skeleton Matching for Severe Weather Detection

Title: Skeleton Matching with Applications in Severe Weather Detection Authors: Mohammad Mahdi Kamani, Farshid Farhat, Stephen Wistar and James Z. Wang. Elsevier Journal: Applied Soft Computing, ~27 pages, May 2017. Abstract: Severe weather conditions cause an enormous amount of damages around the globe. Bow echo patterns in radar images are associated with a number of […]

Detecting Dominant Vanishing Points in Natural Scenes

Abstract: Linear perspective is widely used in landscape photography to create the impression of depth on a 2D photo. Automated understanding of linear perspective in landscape photography has several real-world applications, including aesthetics assessment, image retrieval, and on-site feedback for photo composition, yet adequate automated understanding has been elusive. We address this problem by detecting […]

Shape matching for automated bow echo detection

Abstract: Severe weather conditions cause enormous amount of damages around the globe. Bow echo patterns in radar images are associated with a number of these destructive thunderstorm conditions such as damaging winds, hail and tornadoes. They are detected manually by meteorologists. In this paper, we propose an automatic framework to detect these patterns with high […]

Image Aesthetics Scoring Engine

The developed engine gets the image and outputs a score showing the amount of the beauty inside the image! The code is working on Android/iOS platform, The engine speed is about 100-200ms which makes it suitable for a real-time engine. The core exploits GPU to compute aesthetic features from the image, and estimate the aesthetic score. To […]

Vanishing Point Detection in Photo Composition Analysis

Abstract: Linear perspective is widely used in landscape photography to create the impression of depth on a 2D photo. Automated understanding of the use of linear perspective in landscape photography has a number of real-world applications, including aesthetics assessment, image retrieval, and on-site feedback for photo composition. We address this problem by detecting vanishing points […]

Stochastic Modeling and Optimization of Stragglers

Abstract: MapReduce framework is widely used to parallelize batch jobs since it exploits a high degree of multi-tasking to process them. However, it has been observed that when the number of servers increases, the map phase can take much longer than expected. This paper analytically shows that the stochastic behavior of the servers has a […]

Thumbnail Generation Engine by Smart Cropping

Given any aspect ratio, oval shape, or automatically AutoThumbGen generates a thumbnail based on the input image. In fact, the most prominent part of the input image is recognized and captured by the app with a proper thumbnail size. The source code is in C. The code has been also embedded in Android via JNI and PHP by […]