Multiple-Object Detection in Natural Scenes with Multiple-View Expectation Maximization Clustering

David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen
International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '05), August, 2005, pp. 448 - 453.


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Abstract
Mobile robots and robot teams can leverage multiple views of a scene to improve the accuracy of their maps. However non-uniform noise persists even when each sensor's pose is known, and the uncertain correspondence between detections from different views complicates easy "multiple view object detection." We present an algorithm based on Expectation/Maximization (EM) Clustering that permits a principled fusion of the views without requiring an explicit correspondence search. We demonstrate the use of this algorithm to improve mapping performance of robots in simulation and in the field.

Keywords
Computer Vision, Mapping, Exploration Robotics

Notes
Sponsor: NASA
Grant ID: NNG0-4GB66G, NAG5-12890
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Science Autonomy and Life in the Atacama
Number of pages: 6

Text Reference
David R. Thompson and David Wettergreen, "Multiple-Object Detection in Natural Scenes with Multiple-View Expectation Maximization Clustering," International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '05), August, 2005, pp. 448 - 453.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Thompson_2005_5113,
   author = "David R Thompson and David Wettergreen",
   title = "Multiple-Object Detection in Natural Scenes with Multiple-View Expectation Maximization Clustering",
   booktitle = "International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS '05)",
   pages = "448 - 453",
   month = "August",
   year = "2005",
}