Symbiotic Segmentation and Part Localization for Fine-Grained Categorization

Yuning Chai, Victor Lempitsky, Andrew Zisserman; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 321-328


We propose a new method for the task of fine-grained visual categorization. The method builds a model of the baselevel category that can be fitted to images, producing highquality foreground segmentation and mid-level part localizations. The model can be learnt from the typical datasets available for fine-grained categorization, where the only annotation provided is a loose bounding box around the instance (e.g. bird) in each image. Both segmentation and part localizations are then used to encode the image content into a highly-discriminative visual signature. The model is symbiotic in that part discovery/localization is helped by segmentation and, conversely, the segmentation is helped by the detection (e.g. part layout). Our model builds on top of the part-based object category detector of Felzenszwalb et al., and also on the powerful GrabCut segmentation algorithm of Rother et al., and adds a simple spatial saliency coupling between them. In our evaluation, the model improves the categorization accuracy over the state-of-the-art. It also improves over what can be achieved with an analogous system that runs segmentation and part-localization independently.

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author = {Chai, Yuning and Lempitsky, Victor and Zisserman, Andrew},
title = {Symbiotic Segmentation and Part Localization for Fine-Grained Categorization},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}