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Visual Browsing of Large Collections of Images

Within the so-called "Information Visualization" field, the subclass of "Information Presentation" is of great interest, although it is relatively little studied. The purpose of Information Presentation is to provide the user with a "view" of some kind of element (or groups of elements) that is global and detailed at the same time.

In our research we consider the problem of browsing large numbers of images, in the order of thousands. The assumption is that very often it is necessary to examine large collections of images to find something, without knowing exactly what (in such cases, query systems cannot be of help, because there is no specific query that can be formulated). We have devised several image presentation techniques, most of which based on the RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) paradigm.