Flexible spatial models for grouping local image features

G. Carneiro, A.D. Jepson
Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2004. CVPR 2004.  
A key step for the effective use of local image features (i.e., highly distinctive and robust features) for recognition or image matching is the appropriate grouping of feature matches. Spatial constraints are important in this grouping because, during a recognition process, they allow for the reduction of the number of hypotheses that must be verified and also reduce the number of false positives present in each of these hypotheses. A common choice for this grouping task is to use the Hough
more » ... to use the Hough transform on the global spatial transformation parameters of the hypothesized matches. Here, instead, we use semi-local spatial constraints which allow for a greater range of shape deformations. A comparison with Hough transform shows that our method is more robust to both rigid and non-rigid deformations. Its functionality is demonstrated in an exemplar-based object recognition system that deals well with severe non-rigid deformations. We also show the efficacy of our flexible spatial grouping for long range motion problems.
doi:10.1109/cvpr.2004.1315239 fatcat:r6uegfosebdvtc6zdm4auhwyiu