SketchNet: Sketch Classification With Web Images

Hua Zhang, Si Liu, Changqing Zhang, Wenqi Ren, Rui Wang, Xiaochun Cao; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016, pp. 1105-1113


In this study, we present a weakly supervised approach that discovers the discriminative structures of sketch images, given pairs of sketch images and web images. In contrast to traditional approaches that use global appearance features or relay on keypoint features, our aim is to automatically learn the shared latent structures that exist between sketch images and real images, even when there are significant appearance differences across its relevant real images. To accomplish this, we propose a deep convolutional neural network, named SketchNet. We firstly develop a triplet composed of sketch, positive and negative real image as the input of our neural network. To discover the coherent visual structures between the sketch and its positive pairs, we introduce the softmax as the loss function. Then a ranking mechanism is introduced to make the positive pairs obtain a higher score comparing over negative ones to achieve robust representation. Finally, we formalize above-mentioned constrains into the unified objective function, and create an ensemble feature representation to describe the sketch images. Experiments on the TU-Berlin sketch benchmark demonstrate the effectiveness of our model and show that deep feature representation brings substantial improvements over other state-of-the-art methods on sketch classification.

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author = {Zhang, Hua and Liu, Si and Zhang, Changqing and Ren, Wenqi and Wang, Rui and Cao, Xiaochun},
title = {SketchNet: Sketch Classification With Web Images},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2016}