Looking Beyond the Image: Unsupervised Learning for Object Saliency and Detection

Parthipan Siva, Chris Russell, Tao Xiang, Lourdes Agapito; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 3238-3245

Abstract


We propose a principled probabilistic formulation of object saliency as a sampling problem. This novel formulation allows us to learn, from a large corpus of unlabelled images, which patches of an image are of the greatest interest and most likely to correspond to an object. We then sample the object saliency map to propose object locations. We show that using only a single object location proposal per image, we are able to correctly select an object in over 42% of the images in the P ASCAL VOC 2007 dataset, substantially outperforming existing approaches. Furthermore, we show that our object proposal can be used as a simple unsupervised approach to the weakly supervised annotation problem. Our simple unsupervised approach to annotating objects of interest in images achieves a higher annotation accuracy than most weakly supervised approaches.

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@InProceedings{Siva_2013_CVPR,
author = {Siva, Parthipan and Russell, Chris and Xiang, Tao and Agapito, Lourdes},
title = {Looking Beyond the Image: Unsupervised Learning for Object Saliency and Detection},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}
}