Graph-Based Object Classification for Neuromorphic Vision Sensing

Yin Bi, Aaron Chadha, Alhabib Abbas, Eirina Bourtsoulatze, Yiannis Andreopoulos; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 491-501


Neuromorphic vision sensing (NVS) devices represent visual information as sequences of asynchronous discrete events (a.k.a., "spikes'") in response to changes in scene reflectance. Unlike conventional active pixel sensing (APS), NVS allows for significantly higher event sampling rates at substantially increased energy efficiency and robustness to illumination changes. However, object classification with NVS streams cannot leverage on state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks (CNNs), since NVS does not produce frame representations. To circumvent this mismatch between sensing and processing with CNNs, we propose a compact graph representation for NVS. We couple this with novel residual graph CNN architectures and show that, when trained on spatio-temporal NVS data for object classification, such residual graph CNNs preserve the spatial and temporal coherence of spike events, while requiring less computation and memory. Finally, to address the absence of large real-world NVS datasets for complex recognition tasks, we present and make available a 100k dataset of NVS recordings of the American sign language letters, acquired with an iniLabs DAVIS240c device under real-world conditions.

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author = {Bi, Yin and Chadha, Aaron and Abbas, Alhabib and Bourtsoulatze, Eirina and Andreopoulos, Yiannis},
title = {Graph-Based Object Classification for Neuromorphic Vision Sensing},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}