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Search, Annotate, and Organize Images by Groups

by Munehiro Nakazato

New! ImageGrouper is now an open source. Download Source Code now.

The ImageGrouper is a new user interface for digital image search and organization. You can search, annotate, and organize images by dragging and grouping images on the work space.

Try our Online Demo today.

For instruction for basic operation, please see Basic Query Guide. I will add more detailed instructions later.

ImageGrouper ScreenShot

Why is ImageGrouper Better?

In Content-based Image Retrieval (CBIR,) there is a huge gap between user's high-level concept and the system's image features (Semantic Gap.) Therefore, trying different combinations of query example (Trial-and-error query) is essential. ImageGrouper makes this easier by Query-by-Group method.

In addition, annotating keywords on many images is a very tedious task. ImageGrouper realizes quick and easy bulk annotation (Annotation-by-Groups.) Moreover, with Organize-by-Groups, you can organize groups of images as photo albums.

How to Use The Grouper?

Drag images, Draw rectangle around them, then Press "Query"
For instruction for basic operation, please see Basic Query Guide.
I will add more detailed instructions soon.

Online Demo

This demo requires Java2 (System Requirement)

If you cannot run the applet from your web browser, try appletviewer included in Java2 SDK.

 % appletviewer http://chopin.ifp.uiuc.edu:8080/grouper/Grouper.html 

If you don't have Java2 installed on your machine, click icon below.

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The source codes are distributed under Illinois Open Source License (diclaimer)

Auxiliary Libraries

You may need to download the following platform-specific auxiliary libraries

For Linux, you need to install CLAPACK and ATLAS. ATLAS is available in binary or source form. CLAPACK is available in source. Compiling CLAPACK is very easy (.. more)

Publications

  • Munehiro Nakazato, Ljubomir Manola and Thomas S. Huang, "ImageGrouper: a group-oriented user interface for content-based image retrieval and digital image arrangement," In Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 14/4 pp.363-386, August, 2003.
  • Munehiro Nakazato and Thomas S. Huang, "Extending Image Retrieval with Group-Oriented Interface," In Proceedings of IEEE ICME2002, 2002. PDF[676KB].
  • Munehiro Nakazato, Ljubomir Manola and Thomas S. Huang, "Group-based User Interface for Content-based Image Retrieval," In proceedings of Advanced Visual Interfaces 2002 (AVI 2002), 2002. PDF[968KB].
  • Munehiro Nakazato, Ljubomir Manola and Thomas S. Huang, "ImageGrouper: Search, Annotate and Organize Image by Groups," In Fifth International Conference on Visual Information System 2002 (VISual'2002), 2002.

For Questions/Comments Email nakazato@ifp.uiuc.edu

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