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Title: Visual feature learning
Author: Zhu, Fan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 5763
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2015
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Categorization is a fundamental problem of many computer vision applications, e.g., image classification, pedestrian detection and face recognition. The robustness of a categorization system heavily relies on the quality of features, by which data are represented. The prior arts of feature extraction can be concluded in different levels, which, in a bottom up order, are low level features (e.g., pixels and gradients) and middle/high-level features (e.g., the BoW model and sparse coding). Low level features can be directly extracted from images or videos, while middle/high-level features are constructed upon low-level features, and are designed to enhance the capability of categorization systems based on different considerations (e.g., guaranteeing the domain-invariance and improving the discriminative power). This thesis focuses on the study of visual feature learning. Challenges that remain in designing visual features lie in intra-class variation, occlusions, illumination and view-point changes and insufficient prior knowledge. To address these challenges, I present several visual feature learning methods, where these methods cover the following sub-topics: (i) I start by introducing a segmentation-based object recognition system. (ii) When training data are insufficient, I seek data from other resources, which include images or videos in a different domain, actions captured from a different viewpoint and information in a different media form. In order to appropriately transfer such resources into the target categorization system, four transfer learning-based feature learning methods are presented in this section, where both cross-view, cross-domain and cross-modality scenarios are addressed accordingly. (iii) Finally, I present a random-forest based feature fusion method for multi-view action recognition.
Supervisor: Ling, Shao Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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