The University of Amsterdam’s Concept Detection System at ImageCLEF 2009. Authors: Koen E. A. van de Sande, Theo Gevers and Arnold W. M. Smeulders Keywords: Color, Invariance, Concept Detection, Object and Scene Recognition, Bag-of-Words, Photo Annotation, Spatial Pyramid
Our group within the University of Amsterdam participated in the large-scale visual concept detection task of ImageCLEF 2009. Our experiments focus on increasing the robustness of the individual concept detectors based on the bag-of-words approach, and less on the hierarchical nature of the concept set used. To increase the robustness of individual concept detectors, our experiments emphasize in particular the role of visual sampling, the value of color invariant features, the influence of codebook construction, and the effectiveness of kernel-based learning parameters. The participation in ImageCLEF 2009 has been successful, resulting in the top ranking for the large-scale visual concept detection task in terms of both EER and AUC. For 40 out of 53 individual concepts, we obtain the best performance of all submissions to this task. For the hierarchical evaluation, which considers the whole hierarchy of concepts instead of single detectors, using the concept likelihoods estimated by our detectors directly works better than scaling these likelihoods based on the class priors.
Good example of the content to expect from ImageCLEF papers.
This is a very important area of rapidly developing research.