Junzo SATO, RoboDog, JAPAN

Chikara MIYAJI, University of Tsukuba, JAPAN

Mariusz Jankowski, University of Southern Maine, USA

**Abstract**

It is not easy for commercial image processing softwares to add image
processing effects or create new functions by combining tools. MATHEMATICA
facilitates writing extensions because mathematical expressions of image
processing are achieved and functions are defined simply. On the other
hand, the existing Notebook FrontEnd lacks interactive processing such
as direct manipulation of the graphics image with a mouse. Thus the authors
have developed, using MathLink, an Interactive Image Processing FrontEnd
(for short, Image Processing FrontEnd) with a variety of extensions. With
this Image Processing FrontEnd, both the image processing can be done interactively
and MATHEMATICA's programming ability is effectively used. Advantages
of this software are as follows:

1) A mouse and menus are available to draw pictures, similar to painting
softwares.

2) It can read and write various graphic formats of image files.

3) Image processing operations are defined as MATHEMATICA functions.

4) Responses of a mouse and menus are defined as MATHEMATICA functions.