Attributes-Based Re-identification

Ryan Layne, Timothy M. Hospedales, Shaogang Gong

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Automated person re-identification using only visual information from public-space CCTV video is challenging for many reasons, such as poor resolution or challenges involved in dealing with camera calibration. More critically still, the majority of clothing worn in public spaces tends to be non-discriminative and therefore of limited disambiguation value. Most re-identification techniques developed so far have relied on low-level visual-feature matching approaches that aim to return matching gallery detections earlier in the ranked list of results. However, for many applications an initial probe image may not be available, or a low-level feature representation may not be sufficiently invariant to viewing condition changes as well as being discriminative for re-identification. In this chapter, we show how mid-level “semantic attributes” can be computed for person description. We further show how this attribute-based description can be used in synergy with low-level feature descriptions to improve re-identification accuracy when an attribute-centric distance measure is employed. Moreover, we discuss a “zero-shot” scenario in which a visual probe is unavailable but re-identification can still be performed with user-provided semantic attribute description.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerson Re-Identification
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4471-6296-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4471-6295-7
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
PublisherSpringer London
ISSN (Print)2191-6586


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