Large-Scale Image Retrieval With Attentive Deep Local Features

Hyeonwoo Noh, Andre Araujo, Jack Sim, Tobias Weyand, Bohyung Han; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 3456-3465


We propose an attentive local feature descriptor suitable for large-scale image retrieval, referred to as DELF (DEep Local Feature). The new feature is based on convolutional neural networks, which are trained only with image-level annotations on a landmark image dataset. To identify semantically useful local features for image retrieval, we also propose an attention mechanism for keypoint selection, which shares most network layers with the descriptor. This framework can be used for image retrieval as a drop-in replacement for other keypoint detectors and descriptors, enabling more accurate feature matching and geometric verification. Our system produces reliable confidence scores to reject false positives---in particular, it is robust against queries that have no correct match in the database. To evaluate the proposed descriptor, we introduce a new large-scale dataset, referred to as Google-Landmarks dataset, which involves challenges in both database and query such as background clutter, partial occlusion, multiple landmarks, objects in variable scales, etc.

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author = {Noh, Hyeonwoo and Araujo, Andre and Sim, Jack and Weyand, Tobias and Han, Bohyung},
title = {Large-Scale Image Retrieval With Attentive Deep Local Features},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}