148 страниц. 2010 год. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing It is common to employ a shape model or motion model for the analysis of non-rigid motion. However, adequate amount of information about the motion type or the structure under deformation is not usually available. As a result, general assumptions have to be used for the employed model resulting in relatively inefficient and less robust systems due to inadequate constraints. This work presents a number of techniques that deal with the problems of spatiotemporal modeling of contours which assume the most general constraints in both spatial and temporal domains. The main application area of these techniques are analysis of medical images, especially ultrasound image sequences. The techniques introduced was tested by performing experiments on synthetic and challenging real world data showing their effectiveness and feasibility for practical use.