Evolution of a local boundary detector for natural images via genetic programming and texture cues Conference Paper uri icon


  • Boundary detection constitutes a crucial step in many computer vision tasks. We present a learning approach for automatically constructing high-performance local boundary detectors for natural images via genetic programming (GP). Our GP system is unique in that it combines filter kernels that were inspired by models of processing in the early stages of the primate visual system, but makes no assumptions about what constitutes a boundary, thus avoiding the need to make ad hoc intuitive definitions. By testing our evolved boundary detectors on a highly challenging benchmark set of natural images with associated human- marked boundaries, we show performance that outperforms most existing approaches.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009