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Reference TypeConference Proceedings
Author(s)Sankaran, B., Atanasov, N., Le Ny, J., Koletschka, T., Pappas, G., and Daniilidis, K.
TitleHypothesis Testing Framework for Active Object Detection
Journal/Conference/Book TitleIEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
KeywordsActive Perception, Multiple Hypothesis Testing, POMDP, Active Classification
AbstractOne of the central problems in computer vision is the detection of semantically important objects and the estimation of their pose. Most of the work in object detection has been based on single image processing and its performance is limited by occlusions and ambiguity in appearance and geometry. This paper proposes an active approach to object detection by controlling the point of view of a mobile depth camera. When an initial static detection phase identifies an object of interest, several hypotheses are made about its class and orientation. The sensor then plans a sequence of view-points, which balances the amount of energy used to move with the chance of identifying the correct hypothesis. We formulate an active M-ary hypothesis testing problem, which includes sensor mobility, and solve it using a point-based approximate POMDP algorithm. The validity of our approach is verified through simulation and experiments with real scenes captured by a kinect sensor. The results suggest a significant improvement over static object detection.
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