Look Further to Recognize Better: Learning Shared Topics and Category-Specific Dictionaries for Open-Ended 3D Object Recognition

Hamidreza Mohades Kasaei*

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Service robots are expected to operate effectively in human-centric environments for long periods of time. In such realistic scenarios, fine-grained object categorization is as important as basic-level object categorization. We tackle this problem by proposing an open-ended object recognition approach which concurrently learns both the object categories and the local features for encoding objects. In this work, each object is represented using a set of general latent visual topics and category-specific dictionaries. The general topics encode the common patterns of all categories, while the category-specific dictionary describes the content of each category in details. The proposed approach discovers both sets of general and specific representations in an unsupervised fashion and updates them incrementally using new object views. Experimental results
show that our approach yields significant improvements over the previous state-of-the-art approaches concerning scalability and object classification performance. Moreover, our approach demonstrates the capability of learning from very few training examples in a real-world setting. Regarding computation time, the best result was obtained with a Bag-of-Words method closely followed by a variant of the Latent Dirichlet Allocation approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-4004-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) - Macau, China
Duration: 4-Nov-20198-Nov-2019


Conference2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

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