Is machine colour constancy good enough?

Brian Funt, Jacobus J Barnard, Lindsay Martin

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Abstract

This paper presents a negative result: current machine colour constancy algorithms are not good enough for colour-based object recognition. This result has surprised us since we have previously used the better of these algorithms successfully to correct the colour balance of images for display. Colour balancing has been the typical application of colour constancy, rarely has it been actually put to use in a computer vision system, so our goal was to show how well the various methods would do on an obvious machine colour vision task, namely, object recognition. Although all the colour constancy methods we tested proved insufficient for the task, we consider this an important finding in itself. In addition we present results showing the correlation between colour constancy performance and object recognition performance, and as one might expect, the better the colour constancy the better the recognition rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages445-459
Number of pages15
Volume1406
ISBN (Print)3540645691, 9783540645696
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
Event5th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 1998 - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: Jun 2 1998Jun 6 1998

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume1406
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other5th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 1998
CountryGermany
CityFreiburg
Period6/2/986/6/98

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Funt, B., Barnard, J. J., & Martin, L. (1998). Is machine colour constancy good enough? In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 1406, pp. 445-459). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 1406). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/BFb0055683