Detection and Segmentation of 2D Curved Reflection Symmetric Structures

Ching L. Teo, Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 1644-1652


Symmetry, as one of the key components of Gestalt theory, provides an important mid-level cue that serves as input to higher visual processes such as segmentation. In this work, we propose a complete approach that links the detection of curved reflection symmetries to produce symmetry-constrained segments of structures/regions in real images with clutter. For curved reflection symmetry detection, we leverage on patch-based symmetric features to train a Structured Random Forest classifier that detects multiscaled curved symmetries in 2D images. Next, using these curved symmetries, we modulate a novel symmetry-constrained foreground-background segmentation by their symmetry scores so that we enforce global symmetrical consistency in the final segmentation. This is achieved by imposing a pairwise symmetry prior that encourages symmetric pixels to have the same labels over a MRF-based representation of the input image edges, and the final segmentation is obtained via graph-cuts. Experimental results over four publicly available datasets containing annotated symmetric structures: 1) SYMMAX-300, 2) BSD-Parts, 3) Weizmann Horse and 4) NY-roads demonstrate the approach's applicability to different environments with state-of-the-art performance.

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author = {Teo, Ching L. and Fermuller, Cornelia and Aloimonos, Yiannis},
title = {Detection and Segmentation of 2D Curved Reflection Symmetric Structures},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {December},
year = {2015}