Many fields such as computer vision, scene analysis, chemistry and molecular biology have
applications in which images have to be processed and some regions have to be searched for
and identified. When this processing is to be performed by a computer automatically without
the assistance of a human expert, a useful way of representing the knowledge is by using
attributed graphs. Attributed graphs have been proved as an effective way of representing
objects. When using graphs to represent objects or images, vertices usually represent regions
(or features) of the object or images, and edges between them represent the relations
between regions. Nonetheless planar graphs are graphs which can be drawn in the plane
without intersecting any edge between them. Most applications use planar graphs to
represent an image.
Graph matching (with attributes or not) represents an NP-complete problem, nevertheless
when we use planar graphs without attributes we can solve this problem in polynomial time
. No algorithms have been presented that solve the attributed graph-matching problem and
use the planar-graphs properties. In this master thesis, we research about Attributed-Planar-
Graph matching. The aim is to find a fast algorithm through studying in depth the properties
and restrictions imposed by planar graphs.