Person Re-identification by Attributes

Ryan Layne, Timothy M. Hospedales, Shaogang Gong

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Abstract / Description of output

Visually identifying a target individual reliably in a crowded environment observed by a distributed camera network is critical to a variety of tasks in managing business information, border control, and crime prevention. Automatic re-identification of a human candidate from public space CCTV video is challenging due to spatiotemporal visual feature variations and strong visual similarity between different people, compounded by low-resolution and poor quality video data. In this work, we propose a novel method for re-identification that learns a selection and weighting of mid-level semantic attributes to describe people. Specifically, the model learns an attribute-centric, parts-based feature representation. This differs from and complements existing low-level features for re-identification that rely purely on bottom-up statistics for feature selection, which are limited in discriminating and identifying reliably visual appearances of target people appearing in different camera views under certain degrees of occlusion due to crowdedness. Our experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach compared to existing feature representations when applied to benchmarking datasets.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Machine Vision Conference, BMVC 2012, Surrey, UK, September 3-7, 2012
PublisherBMVA Press
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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