Fast 2D Border Ownership Assignment

Ching Teo, Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015, pp. 5117-5125


A method for efficient border ownership assignment in 2D images is proposed. Leveraging on recent advances using Structured Random Forests (SRF) for boundary detection, we impose a novel border ownership structure that detects both boundaries and border ownership at the same time. Key to this work are features that predict ownership cues from 2D images. To this end, we use several different local cues: shape, spectral properties of boundary patches, and semi-global grouping cues that are indicative of perceived depth. For shape, we use HoG-like descriptors that encode local curvature (convexity and concavity). For spectral properties, such as extremal edges, we first learn an orthonormal basis spanned by the top K eigenvectors via PCA over common types of contour tokens. For grouping, we introduce a novel mid-level descriptor that captures patterns near edges and indicates ownership information of the boundary. Experimental results over a subset of the Berkeley Segmentation Dataset (BSDS) and the NYU Depth V2 dataset show that our method's performance exceeds current state-of-the-art multi-stage approaches that use more complex features.

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author = {Teo, Ching and Fermuller, Cornelia and Aloimonos, Yiannis},
title = {Fast 2D Border Ownership Assignment},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2015}