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Title: Going beyond semantic image segmentation, towards holistic scene understanding, with associative hierarchical random fields
Author: Sturgess, Paul A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7430 8147
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2016
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In this thesis we exploit the generality and expressive power of the Associative Hierarchical Random Field (AHRF) graphical model to take its use beyond that of semantic image segmentation, into object-classes, towards a framework for holistic scene understanding. We provide a working definition for the holistic approach to scene understanding, which allows for the integration of existing, disparate, applications into an unifying ensemble. We believe that modelling such an ensemble as an AHRF is both a principled and pragmatic solution. We present a hierarchy that shows several methods for fusing applications together with the AHRF graphical model. Each of the three; feature, potential and energy, layers subsumes its predecessor in generality and together give rise to many options for integration. With applications on street scenes we demonstrate an implementation of each layer. The first layer application joins appearance and geometric features. For our second layer we implement a things and stuff co-junction using higher order AHRF potentials for object detectors, with the goal of answering the classic questions: What? Where? and How many? A holistic approach to recognition-and-reconstruction is realised within our third layer by linking two energy based formulations of both applications. Each application is evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively. In all cases our holistic approach shows improvement over baseline methods.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral