Salembier P, Brigger P, Casas J, Pardàs M. Morphological operators for image and video compression. IEEE transactions on image processing. 1996;5(6):881–898.  (812.23 KB)


This paper deals with the use of some morphological tools for image and video coding. Mathematical morphology can be considered as a shape-oriented approach to signal processing, and some of its features make it very useful for compression. Rather than describing a coding algorithm, the purpose of this paper is to describe some morphological tools that have proved attractive for compression. Four sets of morphological transformations are presented: connected operators, the region-growing version of the watershed, the geodesic skeleton, and a morphological interpolation technique. The authors discuss their implementation, and show how they can be used for image and video segmentation, contour coding, and texture coding.