Sequence-Level Object Candidates Based on Saliency for Generic Object Recognition on Mobile Systems

Esther Horbert, Germán García, Simone Frintrop, Bastian Leibe
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA'15)

In this paper, we propose a novel approach for generating generic object candidates for object discovery and recognition in continuous monocular video. Such candidates have recently become a popular alternative to exhaustive window-based search as basis for classification. Contrary to previous approaches, we address the candidate generation problem at the level of entire video sequences instead of at the single image level. We propose a processing pipeline that starts from individual region candidates and tracks them over time. This enables us to group candidates for similar objects and to automatically filter out inconsistent regions. For generating the per-frame candidates, we introduce a novel multi-scale saliency approach that achieves a higher per-frame recall with fewer candidates than current state-of-the-art methods. Taken together, those two components result in a significant reduction of the number of object candidates compared to frame level methods, while keeping a consistently high recall.

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