Indexing and searching structure for multimedia database systems

Shu Ching Chen, Srinivas Sista, Mei Ling Shyu, R. L. Kashyap

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Recently, multimedia database systems have emerged as a fruitful area for research due to the recent progress in high-speed communication networks, large capacity storage devices, digitized media, and data compression technologies over the last few years. Multimedia information has been used in a variety of applications including manufacturing, education, medicine, entertainment, etc. A multimedia database system integrates text, images, audio, graphics, animation, and full-motion video in the application environments. The important characteristic of a multimedia database system is that all of the different media are brought together into one single unit, all controlled by a computer. As more information sources become available in multimedia systems, how to model and search the information efficiently is very crucial. In this paper, we present a database searching structure that incorporates image processing techniques to model multimedia data. A Simultaneous Partition and Class Parameter Estimation (SPCPE) algorithm that considers the problem of video frame segmentation as a joint estimation of the partition and class parameter variables has been developed and implemented to identify objects and their corresponding spatial relations. Based on the obtained object information, a web spatial model (WSM) is constructed. A WSM is a multimedia database searching structure to model the temporal and spatial relations of semantic objects so that multimedia database queries related to the objects' temporal and spatial relations on the images or video frames can be answered efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-270
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
EventProceedings of the 2000 'Storage and Retrieval for Media Databases 2000' - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 26 2000Jan 28 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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