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We present an object recognition system that locates an object, identifies its parts, and segments out its contours. A key distinction of our approach is that we use long, salient, bottom-up image contours to learn object shape, and to achieve object detection with the learned shape. Most learning methods rely on one-to-one matching of contours to a model. However, bottom-up image contours often fragment unpredictably. We resolve this difficulty by using many-to-one matching of image contours to a model. To learn a descriptive object shape model, we combine bottom-up contours from a few representative images. The goal is to allow most of the contours in the training images to be many-to-one matched to the model. For detection, our challenges are inferring the object contours and part locations, in addition to object location. Because the locations of object parts and matches of contours are not annotated, they appear as latent variables during training. We use the latent SVM learning formulation to discriminatively tune the many-to-one matching score using the max-margin criterion. We evaluate on the challenging ETHZ shape categories dataset and outperform all existing methods
Praveen Srinivasan, Qihui Zhu, and Jianbo Shi, "Many-to-one Contour Matching for Describing and Discriminating Object Shape", . January 2010.
Date Posted: 16 July 2012