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In this paper we address the problem of classifying images, by exploiting global features that describe color and illumination properties, and by using the statistical learning paradigm. The contribution of this paper is twofold. First, we show that histogram intersection has the required mathematical properties to be used as a kernel function for Support… (More)

The paper tackles the problem of feature points matching between pair of images of the same scene. This is a key problem in computer vision. The method we discuss here is a version of the SVD-matching proposed by Scott and Longuet-Higgins and later modified by Pilu, that we elaborate in order to cope with large scale variations. To this end we add to the… (More)

We discuss how a large class of regularization methods, collectively known as spectral regularization and originally designed for solving ill-posed inverse problems, gives rise to regularized learning algorithms. All of these algorithms are consistent kernel methods that can be easily implemented. The intuition behind their derivation is that the same… (More)

In the statistical learning framework, the use of appropriate kernels may be the key for substantial improvement in solving a given problem. In essence, a kernel is a similarity measure between input points satisfying some mathematical requirements and possibly capturing the domain knowledge. In this paper, we focus on kernels for images: we represent the… (More)

Many works related learning from examples to regularization techniques for inverse problems, emphasizing the strong algorithmic and conceptual analogy of certain learning algorithms with regu-larization algorithms. In particular it is well known that regularization schemes such as Tikhonov regularization can be effectively used in the context of learning… (More)

This paper proposes a general framework for selecting features in the computer vision domain—i.e., learning descriptions from data—where the prior knowledge related to the application is confined in the early stages. The main building block is a regularization algorithm based on a penalty term enforcing sparsity. The overall strategy we propose is also… (More)

Learning one class at a time can be seen as an effective solution to classification problems in which only the positive examples are easily identifiable. A kernel method to accomplish this goal consists of a representation stage-which computes the smallest sphere in feature space enclosing the positive examples-and a classification stage-which uses the… (More)

— This paper deals with the problem of 3D stereo estimation and eye-hand calibration in humanoid robots. We first show how to implement a complete 3D stereo vision pipeline, enabling online and real-time eye calibration. We then introduce a new formulation for the problem of eye-hand coordination. We developed a fully automated procedure that does not… (More)

In this paper, we propose a new trainable system for selecting face features from over-complete dictionaries of image measurements. The starting point is an iterative thresholding algorithm which provides sparse solutions to linear systems of equations. Although the proposed methodology is quite general and could be applied to various image classification… (More)

This paper presents a motion segmentation method useful for representing efficiently a video shot as a static mosaic of the background plus sequences of the objects moving in the foreground. This generates an MPEG-4 compliant, layered representation useful for video coding, editing and indexing. First, a mosaic of the static background is computed by… (More)