An Efficient Saliency Detection Model Based on Wavelet Generalized Lifting

Xin Zhong, Frank Y. Shih

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Saliency detection refers to the segmentation of all visually conspicuous objects from various backgrounds. The purpose is to produce an object-mask that overlaps the salient regions annotated by human vision. In this paper, we propose an efficient bottom-up saliency detection model based on wavelet generalized lifting. It requires no kernels with implicit assumptions and prior knowledge. Multiscale wavelet analysis is performed on broadly tuned color feature channels to include a wide range of spatial-frequency information. A nonlinear wavelet filter bank is designed to emphasize the wavelet coefficients, and then a saliency map is obtained through linear combination of the enhanced wavelet coefficients. This full-resolution saliency map uniformly highlights multiple salient objects of different sizes and shapes. An object-mask is constructed by the adaptive thresholding scheme on the saliency maps. Experimental results show that the proposed model outperforms the existing state-of-the-art competitors on two benchmark datasets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1954006
JournalInternational Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Saliency detection
  • generalized lifting
  • saliency map
  • visual attention
  • wavelet


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