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Robust model-based object recognition using a dual-hierarchy graph
Author(s): Isaac Weiss
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Paper Abstract

We present a general purpose, inherently robust system for object representation and recognition. The system is model-based and knowledge-based, with knowledge derived from analysis of objects and images, unlike many of the current methods which rely on generic statistical inference. This knowledge is intrinsic to the objects themselves, based on geometric and semantic relations among objects. Therefor the system is insensitive to external interferences such as viewpoint changes (scale, pose etc.), illumination changes, occlusion, shadows, sensor noise etc. It also handles variability in the object itself, e.g. articulation or camouflage. We represent all available models in a graph containing two independent but interlocking hierarchies. One of these intrinsic hierarchies is based on parts, e.g. a truck has a cabin, a trunk, wheels etc. The other hierarchy we call the "Level of Abstraction (LOA), e.g. a vehicle is more abstract than a truck, a rectangle is more abstract than a door. This enables us to represent and recognize generic objects just as easily as specific ones. A new algorithm for traversing our graph, combining the advantages of both top-down and bottom-up strategies, has been implemented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8391, Automatic Target Recognition XXII, 83910J (2 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920167
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Isaac Weiss, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8391:
Automatic Target Recognition XXII
Firooz A. Sadjadi; Abhijit Mahalanobis, Editor(s)

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