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Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 76, Issue 14, pp 15923–15949

First Online: 10 September 2016Received: 07 December 2015Revised: 09 June 2016Accepted: 17 August 2016


Traditional multimedia search engines retrieve results based mostly on the query submitted by the user, or using a log of previous searches to provide personalized results, while not considering the accessibility of the results for users with vision or other types of impairments. In this paper, a novel approach is presented which incorporates the accessibility of images for users with various vision impairments, such as color blindness, cataract and glaucoma, in order to rerank the results of an image search engine. The accessibility of individual images is measured through the use of vision simulation filters. Multi-objective optimization techniques utilizing the image accessibility scores are used to handle users with multiple vision impairments, while the impairment profile of a specific user is used to select one from the Pareto-optimal solutions. The proposed approach has been tested with two image datasets, using both simulated and real impaired users, and the results verify its applicability. Although the proposed method has been used for vision accessibility-based reranking, it can also be extended for other types of personalization context.

KeywordsAccessibility-based search engines Accessibility reranking Accessibility feature extraction Multi-objective optimization  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Ilias Kalamaras - Nikolaos Dimitriou - Anastasios Drosou - Dimitrios Tzovaras


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