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Recent Advances in Saliency Detection and Its Applications

Call for Papers

Saliency detection is employed to automatically infer the user-attracted or interesting areas in an image or a video sequence. It includes two categories: eye fixation prediction and salient object detection. The former model is an implementation of earlier general computational frameworks and attention mechanisms, while the latter defines saliency detection as a binary segmentation problem for foreground extraction. The research on computational saliency models has gained a lot of research interest in the past decades, due to its broad applications in the fields of computer vision, cognitive science, graphics, robotics, and so forth. In particular, thanks to the powerful features extracted by using deep learning networks, saliency detection has shown rapid progress.

Although there has been significant progress in visual saliency detection, some challenging problems still remain unsolved. For instance, most existing models are incapable of handling images with complex backgrounds, while they also need higher performances for large-scale Internet images/videos. Moreover, it is desirable to explore the use of saliency in a variety of interesting applications.

The goal of this special issue is to invite original contributions reporting the latest advances in visual saliency model, applications, and evaluations.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Computational models for eye fixation prediction in images/videos
  • Computational models for salient object detection in images/videos
  • Objectness estimation and object proposal methods for images/videos
  • Cosaliency models for image/video sets and large-scale Internet images/videos
  • Novel machine learning techniques for visual saliency
  • Saliency-based applications (such as object recognition, image retrieval, visual tracking, and scene understanding)
  • Metrics and benchmarks for performance evaluation of saliency models

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 30 March 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Huazhu Fu, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR, Singapore

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