A Multi-Level Contextual Model For Person Recognition in Photo Albums

Haoxiang Li, Jonathan Brandt, Zhe Lin, Xiaohui Shen, Gang Hua; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016, pp. 1297-1305

Abstract


In this work, we present a new framework for person recognition in photo albums that exploits contextual cues at multiple levels, spanning individual persons, individual photos, and photo groups. Through experiments, we show that the information available at each of these distinct contextual levels provides complementary cues as to person identities. At the person level, we leverage clothing and body appearance in addition to facial appearance, and to compensate for instances where the faces are not visible. At the photo level we leverage a learned prior on the joint distribution of identities on the same photo to guide the identity assignments. Going beyond a single photo, we are able to infer natural groupings of photos with shared context in an unsupervised manner. By exploiting this shared contextual information, we are able to reduce the identity search space and exploit higher intra-personal appearance consistency within photo groups. Our new framework enables efficient use of these complementary multi-level contextual cues to improve overall recognition rates on the photo album person recognition task, as demonstrated through state-of-the-art results on a challenging public dataset. Our results outperform competing methods by a significant margin, while being computationally efficient and practical in a real world application.

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@InProceedings{Li_2016_CVPR,
author = {Li, Haoxiang and Brandt, Jonathan and Lin, Zhe and Shen, Xiaohui and Hua, Gang},
title = {A Multi-Level Contextual Model For Person Recognition in Photo Albums},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2016}
}