Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bethel, Cindy L.

Committee Member

Anderson, Derek T.

Committee Member

Bednar, Amy E.

Committee Member

Swan, J. Edward, II

Committee Member

Ball, John E.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


This dissertation outlines the development of a signal-to-text system that incorporates spatial relationship information to generate scene descriptions. Existing signal-to-text systems generate accurate descriptions in regards to information contained in an image. However, to date, no signalto- text system incorporates spatial relationship information. A survey of related work in the fields of object detection, signal-to-text, and spatial relationships in images is presented first. Three methodologies followed by evaluations were conducted in order to create the signal-to-text system: 1) generation of object localization results from a set of input images, 2) derivation of Level One Summaries from an input image, and 3) inference of Level Two Summaries from the derived Level One Summaries. Validation processes are described for the second and third evaluations, as the first evaluation has been previously validated in the related original works. The goal of this research is to show that a signal-to-text system that incorporates spatial information results in more informative descriptions of the content contained in an image. An additional goal of this research is to demonstrate the signal-to-text system can be easily applied to additional data sets, other than the sets used to train the system, and achieve similar results to the training sets. To achieve this goal, a validation study was conducted and is presented to the reader.