In Conclusion

  • Bruce G. Batchelor
  • Frederick Waltz


No book, however erudite, can ever properly explain the experience of watching an interactive image processing system in the hands of an expert user. On numerous occasions, the authors have watched as a low contrast image containing several objects becomes transformed gradually, resulting in a sequence of images which have progressively higher contrast. Then, suddenly, a binary image appears. This contains several blobs. The desired feature is still lost in a mass of other detail. Then, as if by magic, the image is simplified. The feature of interest stands alone, so that it can be measured or located. This sequence of events has never ceased to amaze the authors and, judging by the reaction of other observers, their experience is not unique. Let us retell a tale that has happened numerous times in the last 15 years.


Menu Item Interactive Image Graphical Overlay Image Processing Library Keyboard Entry 
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© Springer-Verlag London 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce G. Batchelor
    • 1
  • Frederick Waltz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computing MathematicsUniversity of Wales College of CardiffCardiffUK
  2. 2.3M Corporation, Engineering Systems and Technologies LaboratoriesSt PaulUSA

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