We consider the problem of discovering discriminative exemplars suitable for object detection. Due to the diversity in appearance in real world objects, an object detector must capture variations in scale, viewpoint, illumination etc. The current approaches do this by using mixtures of models, where each mixture is designed to capture one (or a few) axis of variation. Current methods usually rely on heuristics to capture these variations; however, it is unclear which axes of variation exist and are relevant to a particular task. Another issue is the requirement of a large set of training images to capture such variations.
Current methods do not scale to large training sets either because of training time complexity or test time complexity. In this work, we explore the idea of compactly capturing task appropriate variation from the data itself. We propose a two stage data-driven process, which selects and learns a compact set of exemplar models for object detection. These selected models have an inherent ranking, which can be used for anytime/budgeted detection scenarios. Another beneﬁt of our approach (beyond the computational speedup) is that the selected set of exemplar models performs better than the entire set.
Ishan Misra is a Masters student at the Robotics Institute and is advised by Prof. Martial Hebert. He works in computer vision, specifically on object recognition and semi-supervised learning.
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