Learning to Group Objects

Victoria Yanulevskaya, Jasper Uijlings, Nicu Sebe; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2014, pp. 3134-3141


This paper presents a novel method to generate a hypothesis set of class-independent object regions. It has been shown that such object regions can be used to focus computer vision techniques on the parts of an image that matter most leading to significant improvements in both object localisation and semantic segmentation in recent years. Of course, the higher quality of class-independent object regions, the better subsequent computer vision algorithms can perform. In this paper we focus on generating higher quality object hypotheses. We start from an oversegmentation for which we propose to extract a wide variety of region-features. We group regions together in a hierarchical fashion, for which we train a Random Forest which predicts at each stage of the hierarchy the best possible merge. Hence unlike other approaches, we use relatively powerful features and classifiers at an early stage of the generation of likely object regions. Finally, we identify and combine stable regions in order to capture objects which consist of dissimilar parts. We show on the PASCAL 2007 and 2012 datasets that our method yields higher quality regions than competing approaches while it is at the same time more computationally efficient.

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author = {Yanulevskaya, Victoria and Uijlings, Jasper and Sebe, Nicu},
title = {Learning to Group Objects},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2014}