VLASE: Vehicle Localization by Aggregating Semantic Edges

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Authors Xin Yu, Teng-Yok Lee, Srikumar Ramalingam, Yuichi Taguchi, Clinton Fernandes, Chen Feng, Sagar Chaturvedi
Journal/Conference Name IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
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Paper Abstract In this paper, we propose VLASE, a framework to use semantic edge features from images to achieve on-road localization. Semantic edge features denote edge contours that separate pairs of distinct objects such as building-sky, road- sidewalk, and building-ground. While prior work has shown promising results by utilizing the boundary between prominent classes such as sky and building using skylines, we generalize this approach to consider semantic edge features that arise from 19 different classes. Our localization algorithm is simple, yet very powerful. We extract semantic edge features using a recently introduced CASENet architecture and utilize VLAD framework to perform image retrieval. Our experiments show that we achieve improvement over some of the state-of-the-art localization algorithms such as SIFT-VLAD and its deep variant NetVLAD. We use ablation study to study the importance of different semantic classes and show that our unified approach achieves better performance compared to individual prominent features such as skylines.
Date of publication 2018
Code Programming Language Python
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