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Generic object detection using model based segmentation

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2 Author(s)
Zhiqian Wang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL, USA ; Ben-Arie, J.

This paper presents a novel approach for detection and segmentation of generic shapes in cluttered images. The underlying assumption is that generic objects that are man made, frequently have surfaces which closely resemble standard model shapes such as rectangles, semi-circles etc. Due to the perspective transformations of optical imaging systems, a model shape may appear differently in the image with various orientations and aspect ratios. The set of possible appearances can be represented compactly by a few vectorial eigenbases that are derived from a small set of model shapes which are affine transformed in a wide parameter range. Instead of regular boundary of standard models, we apply a vectorial boundary which improves robustness to noise, background clutter and partial occlusion. The detection of generic shapes is realized by detecting local peaks of a similarity measure between the image edge map and an eigenspace combined set of the appearances. At each local maxima, a fast search approach based on a novel representation by an angle space is employed to determine the best matching between models and the underlying subimage. We find that angular representation in multidimensional search corresponds better to Euclidean distance than conventional projection and yields improved classification of noisy shapes. Experiments are performed in various interfering distortions, and robust detection and segmentation are achieved

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 1999. IEEE Computer Society Conference on.  (Volume:2 )

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