Monday, June 29, 2015


picsbuffet is a visual image browsing system to visually explore and search millions of images from stock photo agencies and the like. Similar to map services like Google Maps users may navigate through multiple image layers by zooming and dragging. Zooming in (or out) shows more (or less) similar images from lower (or higher) levels. Dragging the view shows related images from the same level. Layers are organized as an image pyramid which is build using image sorting and clustering techniques. Easy image navigation is achieved because the placement of the images in the pyramid is based on an improved fused similarity calculation using visual and semantic image information. picbuffet also allows to perform searches. After starting an image search the user is automatically directed to a region with suiting results. Additional interesting regions on the map are shown on a heatmap.

picsbuffet 0.9 is the first publicly available version using over 1 million images from fotolia. Currently only the Chrome and Opera browser are supported. Future versions will support more images and other browsers as well. picsbuffet was developed by Radek Mackowiak, Nico Hezel and Prof. Dr. Kai Uwe Barthel at HTW Berlin (University of Applied Science).

picsbuffet could be used with other kind of images such as product photos and the like.

For further information about picsbuffet please contact Kai Barthel:

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