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This paper introduces a simple yet effective method to improve visual word based image retrieval. Our method is based on an analysis of the k-reciprocal nearest neighbor structure in the image space. At query time the information obtained from this process is used to treat different parts of the ranked retrieval list with different distance measures. This(More)
We present a novel approach to automatically find spatial configurations of local features occurring frequently on instances of a given object class, and rarely on the background. The approach is based on computationally efficient data mining techniques and can find frequent configurations among tens of thousands of candidates within seconds. Based on the(More)
In this paper, we describe an approach for mining images of objects (such as touristic sights) from community photo collections in an unsupervised fashion. Our approach relies on retrieving geotagged photos from those web-sites using a grid of geospatial tiles. The downloaded photos are clustered into potentially interesting entities through a processing(More)
The state-of-the art in visual object retrieval from large databases allows to search millions of images on the object level. Recently, complementary works have proposed systems to crawl large object databases from community photo collections on the Internet. We combine these two lines of work to a large-scale system for auto-annotation of holiday snaps.(More)
Recent advances in processing and networking capabilities of computers have led to an accumulation of immense amounts of multimedia data such as images. One of the largest repositories for such data is the World Wide Web (WWW). We present Cortina, a large-scale image retrieval system for the WWW. It handles over 3 million images to date. The system(More)
We introduce a complete pipeline for recognizing and classifying people’s clothing in natural scenes. This has several interesting applications, including e-commerce, event and activity recognition, online advertising, etc. The stages of the pipeline combine a number of state-of-the-art building blocks such as upper body detectors, various feature channels(More)
In this paper we present a system for mobile augmented reality (AR) based on visual recognition. We split the tasks of recognizing an object and tracking it on the user's screen into a server-side and a client-side task, respectively. The capabilities of this hybrid client-server approach are demonstrated with a prototype application on the Android(More)
Most of the recent work on image-based object recognition and 3D reconstruction has focused on improving the underlying algorithms. In this paper we present a method to automatically improve the quality of the reference database, which, as we will show, also affects recognition and reconstruction performances significantly. Starting out from a reference(More)