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1 Puzzle Image Processing Sam Bair (Group Leader) Nick Halliday Nathan Malkin Joe Wang

2 Scramble Squares The object of the puzzle is “to arrange the nine pieces into a square so that the graphics on the pieces' edges match perfectly to form a completed design in every direction”. Scramble Squares® are made by b.dazzle, inc.®

3 Our Goal Goal: Create program(s) that use 9 pre-scanned image files to produce a solution to the puzzle Use the solution to create a visualization of the work accomplished by the project

4 Resources Engine MATLAB programming language The MathWorks is the creator of MATLAB and a sponsor of SI Computers The program ran primarily on OSC’s Pentium 4 Cluster –Four gigabytes of RAM –Two 2.4 GHz Intel P4 Xeon processors

5 Structure of the Programs Our group’s programs: Processed image files to determine unique objects Matched the images to find a solution to the puzzle Created a visualization displaying an animation of the algorithm and the results it produced

6 Integrating the Programs Image Processing Main Program Matching Algorithm Visualization Output To User

7 Two Interfaces Automatic: Program detects unique objects and categorizes them Program allows for 2 ways of “input” Images Manual: User categorizes the edges Solve the puzzle Image Processing

8 Two Interfaces (Contd.) Both input methods use a system of upper/lower case letters assigned to each unique object

9 Image Processing Purpose: to match two edges of two puzzle pieces “Edge detection” used in comparison –Black and white pixel matching

10 Image Processing (Contd.) –Outputs a matching percentage – 100 is perfectly matching, 0 is no matching at all Difficulties: image quality interferes with recognition, preventing accurate results

11 Matching Algorithm 9x4 matrix holds letters assigned to unique objects Program checks 1269 combinations of sides and stores the information (matches/doesn’t match) in a 4-dimensional matrix

12 Matching Algorithm / Visualization Algorithm: Picks starting piece and side (e.g. 1,1) Selects succession of pieces and checks appropriate matches on the go The possible combinations are tried in turn Some combinations are skipped as soon it is determined that they cannot yield a solution

13 Visualization Takes solution file produced by the main program and loads images.. Simulates the algorithm used by the main program to show the steps it went through Images are moved into the position dictated by the simulation (see above) Movement is saved as many image files All the image files are then combined into a movie/animation created by a MATLAB program

14 The Results Our group solved the puzzle by combining the effort of humans and computers. While the fully automated program was not completed, an understanding of the concepts its development required was reached. More time spent on the project would have likely yielded more and better results.

15 Conclusion Can you solve my puzzle? Technical limitations prevented our programs from producing final solutions If we had more time, we would: Optimize image processing code for speed and efficiency Develop a better image matching algorithm [as explained in 5/6] Improve interaction with user Develop more complex visualizations MAKE IT WORK!

16 Our group would like to thank everyone who helped us with our project, including: Sam Bair b.dazzle, inc The staff of OSC –Alan Chalker


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