Publication Type:

Journal Article


S. Veni


Coimbatore (2012)



Boundary Contour System, Gabor filters, Gaussian Filters, hexagonal image processing, image pixel


About 97% receptive field of the neurons is very closely described as 2D Gabor wavelet and it is mostly suitable for vision system modeling [8]. Immense work is available on texture information, especially for rectangular structures [37- 40]. However, there is a little work in recognizing minute details in an image by either interpolation or enhancement. Hexagons have many advantages namely six fold symmetry, well behaved connectivity, improved angular resolution, storage savings, computational speed, and circular 7-pel shape. In the tessellations with Hexagons, if v is spatial domain lattice, then frequency domain lattice or reciprocal lattice v~ is obtained as v = 2π (v −1)T ). The basis vectors in the two domains are seen to be mutually orthogonal, which is due to the fact that the Fourier transform is an orthogonal projection. In the past years, there had been many attempts in representing hexagons in the regular square lattice or in a Spiral Addressing Scheme (SAS) [13-34]. Regular geometry is only kept in the case of SAS, however processing such pseudo lattices gave rise to better results compared with square lattices. This research work started with implementation of above mentioned hexagonal pseudo lattices and later entered on a real hexagonal lattice through the Hex - spline process described by D. Van De Ville et al. [45]. Hex-spline process is a structure where regular hexagon can be represented and it is basically used for interpolation. Filtering the images was attempted by Gabor kernels in hexagonal domain in different orientations, on this type of structure. As the orthogonal directions of the Gabor filter in the three directions ( 00, 600, 1200 ) are converged between three adjacent pixels, it was considered important to filter out the images in these directions. A low pass filter and high pass filter may be used to enhance surface information and edge information respectively. When the kernels are placed on image pixel locations and add, it is not only giving just image enhancement, but also facilitates interpolation. This is because, as the sigma values in a Gabor 23 filter reduce, the Gaussian envelope covers only a part of a wave of the modulating sinusoids, to render a low-pass characteristic to the filter. While the low-pass component is predominant, the edge enhancement part is still present in the three orthogonal directions as additional nonlinearity in the kernel.

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S. Veni, “Vision based hexagonal image processing”, 2012.