Characterisation of image fusion quality metrics for surveillance applications over bandlimited channels

EF Canga, SG Nikolov, CN Canagarajah, DR Bull, TD Dixon, JM Noyes, T Troscianko

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Image fusion is finding increasing application in areas such as medical imaging, remote sensing or military surveillance using sensor networks. Many of these applications demand highly compressed data combined with error resilient coding due to the characteristics of the communication channel. In this respect, JPEG2000 has many advantages over previous image coding standards. This paper evaluates and compares quality metrics for lossy compression using JPEG2000. Three representative image fusion algorithms: simple averaging, contrast pyramid and dual-tree complex wavelet transform based fusion have been considered. Numerous infrared and visible test images have been used. We compare these results with a psychophysical study where participants were asked to perform specific tasks and assess image fusion quality. The results show that there is a correlation between most of the metrics and the psychophysical evaluation. They also indicate that selection of the correct fusion method has more impact on performance than the presence of compression
Translated title of the contributionCharacterisation of image fusion quality metrics for surveillance applications over bandlimited channels
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Fusion, Philadelphia, PA, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages483 - 490
ISBN (Print)0780392868
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005
Event8th International Conference on Information Fusion - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 1 Jul 2005 → …


Conference8th International Conference on Information Fusion
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period1/07/05 → …

Bibliographical note

Conference Proceedings/Title of Journal: 8th International Conference on Information Fusion, 2005
Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: This work has been partially funded by the UK MOD Data and Information Fusion Defence Technology Center. The original "UN Camp" and "Trees" IR and visible images are kindly supplied by Alexander Toet of the TNO Human
Factors Research Institude and the Octec images by David Dwyer of OCTEC Ltd. These images are available online at

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  • image fusion
  • JPEG2000
  • quality metrics


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