A Suspect Identification Framework Using Contrastive Relevance Feedback

Devansh Gupta, Aditya Saini, Sarthak Bhagat, Shagun Uppal, Rishi Raj Jain, Drishti Bhasin, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, Rajiv Ratn Shah; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2023, pp. 4361-4369


Suspect Identification is one of the most pivotal aspects of a forensic and criminal investigation. A significant amount of time and skill is devoted to creating sketches for it and requires a fair amount of recollections from the witness to provide a useful sketch. We devise a method that aims to automate the process of suspect identification and model this problem by iteratively retrieving images from feedback provided by the user. Compared to standard image retrieval tasks, interactive facial image retrieval is specifically more challenging due to the high subjectivity involved in describing a person's facial attributes and appropriately evolving with the preferences put forward by the user. Our method uses a relatively simpler form of supervision by utilizing the user's feedback to label images as either similar or dissimilar to their mental image of the suspect based on which we propose a loss function using the contrastive learning paradigm that is optimized in an online fashion. We validate the efficacy of our proposed approach using a carefully designed testbed to simulate user feedback and a large-scale user study. We empirically show that our method iteratively improves personalization, leading to faster convergence and enhanced recommendation relevance, thereby, improving user satisfaction. Our proposed framework is being designed for real-time use in the metropolitan crime investigation department, and thus is also equipped with a user-friendly web interface with a real-time experience for suspect retrieval.

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@InProceedings{Gupta_2023_WACV, author = {Gupta, Devansh and Saini, Aditya and Bhagat, Sarthak and Uppal, Shagun and Jain, Rishi Raj and Bhasin, Drishti and Kumaraguru, Ponnurangam and Shah, Rajiv Ratn}, title = {A Suspect Identification Framework Using Contrastive Relevance Feedback}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)}, month = {January}, year = {2023}, pages = {4361-4369} }