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A Research Platform for Embodied Visual Object Recognition
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Vision. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Vision. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5698-5983
2010 (English)In: Proceedings of SSBA 2010 Symposium on Image Analysis / [ed] Hendriks Luengo and Milan Gavrilovic, 2010, 137-140 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We present in this paper a research platform for development and evaluation of embodied visual object recognition strategies. The platform uses a stereoscopic peripheral-foveal camera system and a fast pan-tilt unit to perform saliency-based visual search. This is combined with a classification framework based on the bag-of-features paradigm with the aim of targeting, classifying and recognising objects. Interaction with the system is done via typed commands and speech synthesis. We also report the current classification performance of the system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. 137-140 p.
Series
Centre for Image Analysis Report Series, ISSN 1100-6641 ; 34
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70769OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70769DiVA: diva2:441485
Conference
SSBA 2010, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-12 March 2010
Available from: 2011-09-16 Created: 2011-09-16 Last updated: 2016-11-23Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Components of Embodied Visual Object Recognition: Object Perception and Learning on a Robotic Platform
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Components of Embodied Visual Object Recognition: Object Perception and Learning on a Robotic Platform
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Object recognition is a skill we as humans often take for granted. Due to our formidable object learning, recognition and generalisation skills, it is sometimes hard to see the multitude of obstacles that need to be overcome in order to replicate this skill in an artificial system. Object recognition is also one of the classical areas of computer vision, and many ways of approaching the problem have been proposed. Recently, visually capable robots and autonomous vehicles have increased the focus on embodied recognition systems and active visual search. These applications demand that systems can learn and adapt to their surroundings, and arrive at decisions in a reasonable amount of time, while maintaining high object recognition performance. Active visual search also means that mechanisms for attention and gaze control are integral to the object recognition procedure. This thesis describes work done on the components necessary for creating an embodied recognition system, specifically in the areas of decision uncertainty estimation, object segmentation from multiple cues, adaptation of stereo vision to a specific platform and setting, and the implementation of the system itself. Contributions include the evaluation of methods and measures for predicting the potential uncertainty reduction that can be obtained from additional views of an object, allowing for adaptive target observations. Also, in order to separate a specific object from other parts of a scene, it is often necessary to combine multiple cues such as colour and depth in order to obtain satisfactory results. Therefore, a method for combining these using channel coding has been evaluated. Finally, in order to make use of three-dimensional spatial structure in recognition, a novel stereo vision algorithm extension along with a framework for automatic stereo tuning have also been investigated. All of these components have been tested and evaluated on a purpose-built embodied recognition platform known as Eddie the Embodied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 64 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1607
Keyword
computer vision, object recognition, stereo vision, classification
National Category
Signal Processing Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-93812 (URN)978-91-7519-564-3 (ISBN)
Presentation
2013-08-16, Visionen, Hus B, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
Embodied Visual Object Recognition
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2013-07-09 Created: 2013-06-10 Last updated: 2015-12-10Bibliographically approved
2. Embodied Visual Object Recognition
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Embodied Visual Object Recognition
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Förkroppsligad objektigenkänning
Abstract [en]

Object recognition is a skill we as humans often take for granted. Due to our formidable object learning, recognition and generalisation skills, it is sometimes hard to see the multitude of obstacles that need to be overcome in order to replicate this skill in an artificial system. Object recognition is also one of the classical areas of computer vision, and many ways of approaching the problem have been proposed. Recently, visually capable robots and autonomous vehicles have increased the focus on embodied recognition systems and active visual search. These applications demand that systems can learn and adapt to their surroundings, and arrive at decisions in a reasonable amount of time, while maintaining high object recognition performance. This is especially challenging due to the high dimensionality of image data. In cases where end-to-end learning from pixels to output is needed, mechanisms designed to make inputs tractable are often necessary for less computationally capable embodied systems.Active visual search also means that mechanisms for attention and gaze control are integral to the object recognition procedure. Therefore, the way in which attention mechanisms should be introduced into feature extraction and estimation algorithms must be carefully considered when constructing a recognition system.This thesis describes work done on the components necessary for creating an embodied recognition system, specifically in the areas of decision uncertainty estimation, object segmentation from multiple cues, adaptation of stereo vision to a specific platform and setting, problem-specific feature selection, efficient estimator training and attentional modulation in convolutional neural networks. Contributions include the evaluation of methods and measures for predicting the potential uncertainty reduction that can be obtained from additional views of an object, allowing for adaptive target observations. Also, in order to separate a specific object from other parts of a scene, it is often necessary to combine multiple cues such as colour and depth in order to obtain satisfactory results. Therefore, a method for combining these using channel coding has been evaluated. In order to make use of three-dimensional spatial structure in recognition, a novel stereo vision algorithm extension along with a framework for automatic stereo tuning have also been investigated. Feature selection and efficient discriminant sampling for decision tree-based estimators have also been implemented. Finally, attentional multi-layer modulation of convolutional neural networks for recognition in cluttered scenes has been evaluated. Several of these components have been tested and evaluated on a purpose-built embodied recognition platform known as Eddie the Embodied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. 89 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1811
Keyword
object recognition, machine learning, computer vision
National Category
Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132762 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-132762 (DOI)9789176856260 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-01-20, Visionen, B-huset, Campus VAlla, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
Embodied Visual Object RecognitionFaceTrack
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2008-4509VINNOVA, 2013-00439EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 247947Linköpings universitet, LiU-foass
Available from: 2016-12-06 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-12-06Bibliographically approved

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