Universal Sketch Perceptual Grouping

Ke Li, Kaiyue Pang, Jifei Song, Yi-Zhe Song, Tao Xiang, Timothy M. Hospedales, Honggang Zhang; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 582-597


In this work we aim to develop a universal sketch grouper. That is, a grouper that can be applied to sketches of any category in any domain to group constituent strokes/segments into semantically meaningful object parts. The first obstacle to this goal is the lack of large-scale datasets with grouping annotation. To overcome this, we contribute the largest sketch perceptual grouping (SPG) dataset to date, consisting of 20,000 unique sketches evenly distributed over 25 object categories. Furthermore, we propose a novel deep universal perceptual grouping model. The model is learned with both generative and discriminative losses. The generative losses improve the generalisation ability of the model to unseen object categories and datasets. The discriminative losses include a local grouping loss and a novel global grouping loss to enforce global grouping consistency. We show that the proposed model significantly outperforms the state-of-the-art groupers. Further, we show that our grouper is useful for a number of sketch analysis tasks including sketch synthesis and fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval (FG-SBIR).

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author = {Li, Ke and Pang, Kaiyue and Song, Jifei and Song, Yi-Zhe and Xiang, Tao and Hospedales, Timothy M. and Zhang, Honggang},
title = {Universal Sketch Perceptual Grouping},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}