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Force Banner for the recognition of spatial relations


Studying the spatial organization of objects in images is fundamental to increase both the understanding of a sensed scene and the explainability of the perceived similarity between images. This leads to the fundamental problem of handling spatial relations: given two objects depicted in an image, or two parts in an object, how to extract and describe efficiently their spatial configuration? Dedicated descriptors already exist for this task, like the efficient force histogram. In this article, we introduce the Force Banner, which extends it to two dimensions by using a panel of forces (attraction and repulsion), so as to benefit from more expressiveness and to model rich spatial information. This descriptor can be used as an intermediate representation of the image dedicated to the spatial configuration, and feed a classical 2D Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to benefit from their powerful performances. As an illustration of this, we used it to solve a classification problem aiming to discriminate simple spatial relations, but with variable configuration complexities. Experimental results obtained on datasets of images with various shapes highlight the interest of this approach, in particular for complex spatial configurations.
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hal-03409527 , version 1 (29-10-2021)





Robin Deléarde, Camille Kurtz, Philippe Dejean, Laurent Wendling. Force Banner for the recognition of spatial relations. 2020 25th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR), Jan 2021, online, Italy. pp.6065-6072, ⟨10.1109/ICPR48806.2021.9412316⟩. ⟨hal-03409527⟩


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