Pictorial symbols in context - A means for visual communication in cross-cultural environments

Anneli Heimbürger, Yasushi Kiyoki

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Abstract

Pictorial symbols capture our imagination a lot. A visual vocabulary - that anyone from any culture, any country, and in any context of life can understand is a very interesting research challenge. The collections of visual symbols usually are context specific such as symbols and signs at airports, in hotels, in traffic and in maps. Our research is related to pictorial symbols which we face in our living environments and which symbolize our living environments. We design, implement and experiment a cross-cultural communication system (IMAGE) which is based on pictorial symbols related to living environments in Japan and in Finland. In our work-in-progress we create a set of pictorial symbols - a visual vocabulary - related to our living environments. We represent, manipulate and analyze real-world objects used in our living environments as images based on pictorial symbols. By these symbols we realize communication between different cultures. We also develop content-based image search system with color and shape analysis mechanisms. Our IMAGE-system provides a culture and language dependent way to create, share and experience environmental symbols and images. It is a step towards universal communication language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010
Pages463-467
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
EventIADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web Virtual Reality and Three-Dimensional Worlds, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010 - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 2010 Jul 272010 Jul 29

Publication series

NameProc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010

Other

OtherIADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web Virtual Reality and Three-Dimensional Worlds, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010
CountryGermany
CityFreiburg
Period10/7/2710/7/29

Keywords

  • Context
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Image processing
  • Pictorial symbols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Information Systems

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    Heimbürger, A., & Kiyoki, Y. (2010). Pictorial symbols in context - A means for visual communication in cross-cultural environments. In Proc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010 (pp. 463-467). (Proc. of the IADIS Int. Conf. - Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing, CGVCVIP 2010, Visual Commun., VC 2010, Web3DW 2010, Part of the MCCSIS 2010).