Synergistic Clustering of Image and Segment Descriptors for Unsupervised Scene Understanding

Daniel M. Steinberg, Oscar Pizarro, Stefan B. Williams; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 3463-3470

Abstract


With the advent of cheap, high fidelity, digital imaging systems, the quantity and rate of generation of visual data can dramatically outpace a humans ability to label or annotate it. In these situations there is scope for the use of unsupervised approaches that can model these datasets and automatically summarise their content. To this end, we present a totally unsupervised, and annotation-less, model for scene understanding. This model can simultaneously cluster whole-image and segment descriptors, thereby forming an unsupervised model of scenes and objects. We show that this model outperforms other unsupervised models that can only cluster one source of information (image or segment) at once. We are able to compare unsupervised and supervised techniques using standard measures derived from confusion matrices and contingency tables. This shows that our unsupervised model is competitive with current supervised and weakly-supervised models for scene understanding on standard datasets. We also demonstrate our model operating on a dataset with more than 100,000 images collected by an autonomous underwater vehicle.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Steinberg_2013_ICCV,
author = {Steinberg, Daniel M. and Pizarro, Oscar and Williams, Stefan B.},
title = {Synergistic Clustering of Image and Segment Descriptors for Unsupervised Scene Understanding},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}
}