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Combining invariant features and localization techniques for visual place classification: successful experiences in the robotVision@ImageCLEF competition

Author(s): Jesus Martinez | Alejandro Jiménez | Jose A. Gamez | Ismael Garcia

Journal: Journal of Physical Agents
ISSN 1888-0258

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 45;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: computer vision | robot localization | place recognition | semantic place representation

In the last decade competitions proved to be a very efficient way of encouraging researchers to advance the state of the art in different research fields in artificial intelligence.In this paper we focus on the optional task of the RobotVision@ImageCLEF competition, which consists of a visual place classification problem where images are not isolated picturesbut a sequence of frames captured by a camera mounted ona mobile robot. This fact leads us to deal with this problem notas stand-alone classification problem, but as a problem of selflocalization in which the robot’s main sensor only captures visual information. Thus, we base our proposal on a clever combination of Monte-Carlo-based self-localization methods with optimized versions of scale-invariant feature transformation algorithms for image representation and matching. The goodness of our approach has been validated by being the winners of this task in the 2009 RobotVision@ImageCLEF and 2010 RobotVisionImageCLEF@ICPR competitions.
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