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University of Texas - El Paso

Title: Applications of Discrete Wavelet Transformations

Directors: Helmut Knaust


Dates of Program: June 10 - July 19, 2013


Five undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics will participate in an intensive six-week summer research program on wavelets. The first group of students will investigate whether the FBI fingerprint algorithm [1] can be adapted to other classes of similar images such as facial portraits. Historically the adoption by the FBI of a compression algorithm for storing fingerprints digitally was the first major "applied" success of the wavelet research community. The algorithm is derived from the general JPEG2000 compression algorithm, but cleverly exploits the special character of the images to be processed by selecting a particular wavelet package and quantization scheme, thereby achieving superior results for fingerprint compression compared to Fourier or more general-purpose discrete wavelet transformation techniques.

The second student group will research the topic of image fusion. Fusing high resolution gray-scale satellite images with lower resolution multispectral images is of major interest to geographers using remote sensing, in particular to study food production. Some earlier fusion techniques did not use wavelet techniques, but recently discrete wavelet transform methods have been successfully employed [2,3]. The major idea is to replace certain portions of the transformed gray-scale image by corresponding portions of each channel of the transformed color image. The results are superior to those simply using resampling techniques for multi-spectral images. The students will study various fusion techniques, try to find other possible replacement and implementation schemes, and investigate methods to compare the quality of fusion results.

Student Researchers Supported by MAA:

Brenda Gonzalez
Ariel Gonzalez-Guevara
Melissa Martinez
Aaron Ortega
Jasmine Puente

Program Contacts:

Bill Hawkins

Support for NREUP is provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences and the National Security Agency.