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Practical Handbook on Image Processing for Scientific and Technical Applications

2nd Edition

By Bernd Jahne

CRC Press

600 pages | 27 Color Illus. | 320 B/W Illus.

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Image processing is fast becoming a valuable tool for analyzing multidimensional data in all areas of natural science. Since the publication of the best-selling first edition of this handbook, the field of image processing has matured in many of its aspects from ad hoc, empirical approaches to a sound science based on established mathematical and physical principles.

The Practical Handbook on Image Processing for Scientific and Technical Applications, Second Edition builds a sound basic knowledge of image processing, provides a critically evaluated collection of the best algorithms, and demonstrates those algorithms with real-world applications from many fields. It covers all aspects of image processing, from image formation to image analysis, and gives an up-to-date review of advanced concepts. Organized according to the hierarchy of tasks, each chapter includes a summary, an outline of the background the task requires, and a section of practical tips that help you avoid common errors and save valuable research time.

New in the Second Edition:

  • Expanded application areas now include technical fields such as the automotive industry, quality inspection, and materials science

  • More practical tips in each chapter

  • Discussion of digital camera interfaces and a comparison of CMOS vs. CCD cameras

  • A section on wavelets

  • Advanced techniques for reconstruction, new segmentation methods based on global optimization and anisotropic diffusion, and additional classification techniques, including neural networks, polynomial classification, and support vector machines

    Just as digital image processing provides the key to studying complex scientific problems that researchers once could only dream of tackling, this handbook unlocks the intricacies of image processing and brings its power and potential within the grasp of researchers across the spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines.

  • Reviews

    "…covers a significant number of standard methods. … The selection of topics would fit a one-semester graduate-level course in image processing for science and engineering majors. … The book is clearly written … The photographs, diagrams, and formulas are well done. … Summing Up: Recommended."

    -CHOICE, Vol. 42, No. 2, Oct. 2004

    "The book … uses images, graphics and charts effectively … [It] is well-organized and useful for a variety of scientists from electrical engineers to biologists and other physical sciences."

    -E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2004

    Table of Contents



    From Drawings to Electronic Images

    Geometric Measurements: Gauging and Counting

    Radiometric Measurements: Revealing the Invisible

    Depth Measurements: Exploring 3-D Space

    Velocity Measurements: Exploring Dynamic Processes


    From Objects to Images

    Quantitative Visualization

    Image Formation

    Imaging Sensors

    Digitalization and Quantization

    Handling and Enhancing Images



    Restoration and Reconstruction

    From Images to Features



    Edges and Lines

    Orientation and Velocity

    Scale and Texture

    From Features To Objects


    Size And Shape




    Mathematical Toolbox





    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    COMPUTERS / Computer Graphics
    COMPUTERS / Computer Engineering
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Imaging Systems