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Pupil or eyeball detection and extraction from eye image using C#

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Pupil extraction from eye image using C#.

Introduction

Using C# and the Aforge library, we can easily detect and extract the pupil from an eye image.

Algorithm

  • Step 1 - First take the eye image.
  • Step 2 - Make it invert.
  • Step 3 - Convert it to gray scale.
  • Step 4 - Use binary filter taking threshold value 220.
  • Step 5 - Find the biggest object.
  • Step 6 - Find that object's center point and height.
  • Step 7 - Cut a circle from that point taking radius as 2.5 multiply of height.

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Using the Code

The code is quite easy, using the Aforge library invert, grayscale, and threshold filters. First see the full code and then I will describe it.

System.Drawing.Bitmap aq = (Bitmap)pictureBox1.Image; //take the image
                     //////inverting the image
Invert a = new Invert();
aq=    a.Apply(aq);
AForge.Imaging.Image.FormatImage(ref aq);
 
                      /// apply grayscale
IFilter  filter =  Grayscale.CommonAlgorithms.BT709;
aq = filter.Apply(aq);
  
Threshold th = new Threshold(220);
aq = th.Apply(aq);
 
                            ///find the biggest object
BlobCounter bl = new BlobCounter(aq);
int i = bl.ObjectsCount;
ExtractBiggestBlob fil2 = new ExtractBiggestBlob();

/// find the eye pupils start position and height

int x = 0;
int y = 0;
int h = 0;
if (i > 0)
{
   fil2.Apply(aq);
   x  = fil2.BlobPosition.X;
   y = fil2.BlobPosition.Y;
  
    h = fil2.Apply(aq).Height;
}
  
System.Drawing.Bitmap Bitmapsource = (Bitmap)pictureBox1.Image;
Rectangle section = new Rectangle(new Point(x -  h, y - h), new Size(3 * h, 3 *h));

Bitmap CroppedImage = CropImage(Bitmapsource, section);
pictureBox6.Image = CroppedImage;//get the eye pupil image

First, take the eye image:

System.Drawing.Bitmap aq = (Bitmap)pictureBox1.Image;

Then make it invert:

Invert a = new Invert();
aq=    a.Apply(aq);
AForge.Imaging.Image.FormatImage(ref aq);

Now we make it grayscale:

IFilter  filter =  Grayscale.CommonAlgorithms.BT709;
aq = filter.Apply(aq);

Now we make it binary using threshold 220:

Threshold th = new Threshold(220);
aq = th.Apply(aq);

Now we have to find the biggest object in the binary image:

BlobCounter bl = new BlobCounter(aq);
int i = bl.ObjectsCount;
ExtractBiggestBlob fil2 = new ExtractBiggestBlob();
fil2.Apply(aq);

Next we will find the start position and height of the biggest object/eye pupil:

int x = 0;
int y = 0;
int h = 0;
if (i > 0)
{
   fil2.Apply(aq);
   x  = fil2.BlobPosition.X;
   y = fil2.BlobPosition.Y;

    h = fil2.Apply(aq).Height;
}

Now we cut the pupil part from the image:

To cut the image, we use the following code:

System.Drawing.Bitmap Bitmapsource = (Bitmap)pictureBox1.Image;
Rectangle section = new Rectangle(new Point(x -  h, y - h), new< Size(3 * h, 3 *h));
Bitmap CroppedImage = CropImage(Bitmapsource, section);

The cropped image function code is:

public Bitmap CropImage(Bitmap source, Rectangle section)  {
    Bitmap bmp = new Bitmap(section.Width, section.Height);
    Graphics g = Graphics.FromImage(bmp);
    g.DrawImage(source, 0, 0, section, GraphicsUnit.Pixel);
    return bmp;
}

Hope that will help for any eyeball or pupil extraction code.

Points of Interest

For face recognition or detection, eye recognition can be helpful.

History

  • 22nd December, 2010: Initial post.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

kdgupta87
Software Developer Rymes
Bangladesh Bangladesh
Kishor is an undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering graduate from Khulna University Of Engineering and Technology. Currently working as a software developer in Rymes. Before joining Rymes Nascenia IT he worked as a software developer at Nascenia IT and as a trainee software developer at Technocrats BD, where he worked in .Net technologies. He developed few softwares in .Net framework. A few of the interesting ones were about face replacement, and GUI based requirement elicitation tool, image converter, image processing and LAN monitoring system.he worked on Ruby on Rails. Currently working on android
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