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Combining Local Appearance and Motion Cues for Occlusion Boundary Detection

Andrew Stein and Martial Hebert
Conference Paper, Carnegie Mellon University, British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), September, 2007

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Building on recent advances in the detection of appearance edges from multiple local cues, we present an approach for detecting occlusion boundaries which also incorporates local motion information. We argue that these boundaries have physical significance which makes them important for many high-level vision tasks and that motion offers a unique, often critical source of additional information for detecting them. We provide a new dataset of natural image sequences with labeled occlusion boundaries, on which we learn a classifier that leverages appearance cues along with motion estimates from either side of an edge. We demonstrate improved performance for pixelwise differentiation of occlusion boundaries from non-occluding edges by combining these weak local cues, as compared to using them separately. The results are suitable as improved input to subsequent mid- or high-level reasoning methods.

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title = {Combining Local Appearance and Motion Cues for Occlusion Boundary Detection},
author = {Andrew Stein and Martial Hebert},
booktitle = {British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC)},
notes = {Dataset available from http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~stein/occlusion_data},
school = {Robotics Institute , Carnegie Mellon University},
month = {September},
year = {2007},
address = {Pittsburgh, PA},