Contextual Hypergraph Modeling for Salient Object Detection

Xi Li, Yao Li, Chunhua Shen, Anthony Dick, Anton Van Den Hengel; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013, pp. 3328-3335


Salient object detection aims to locate objects that capture human attention within images. Previous approaches often pose this as a problem of image contrast analysis. In this work, we model an image as a hypergraph that utilizes a set of hyperedges to capture the contextual properties of image pixels or regions. As a result, the problem of salient object detection becomes one of finding salient vertices and hyperedges in the hypergraph. The main advantage of hypergraph modeling is that it takes into account each pixel's (or region's) affinity with its neighborhood as well as its separation from image background. Furthermore, we propose an alternative approach based on centerversus-surround contextual contrast analysis, which performs salient object detection by optimizing a cost-sensitive support vector machine (SVM) objective function. Experimental results on four challenging datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approaches against the stateof-the-art approaches to salient object detection.

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author = {Li, Xi and Li, Yao and Shen, Chunhua and Dick, Anthony and Van Den Hengel, Anton},
title = {Contextual Hypergraph Modeling for Salient Object Detection},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2013}