ID Documents Matching and Localization with Multi-Hypothesis Constraints

Guillaume Chiron, Nabil Ghanmi, Ahmad Montaser Awal
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Identity Document Localization in the Wild Using Multi-hypothesis Exploration

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This paper presents an approach for spotting and accurately localizing identity documents in the wild. Contrary to blind solutions that often rely on borders and corners detection, the proposed approach requires a classification a priori along with a list of predefined models. The matching and accurate localization are performed using specific ID document features. This process is especially difficult due to the intrinsic variable nature of ID models (text fields, multi-pass printing with offset, unstable layouts, added artifacts, blinking security elements, non-rigid materials). We tackle the problem by putting different combinations of features in competition within a multi-hypothesis exploration where only the best document quadrilateral candidate is retained thanks to a custom visual similarity metric. The idea is to find, in a given context, at least one feature able to correctly crop the document. The proposed solution has been tested and has shown its benefits on both the MIDV-500 academic dataset and an industrial one supposedly more representative of a real-life application.

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Approach for Document Detection by Contours and Contrasts

Daniil Tropin, Sergey Ilyuhin, Dmitry Nikolaev, Vladimir V. Arlazarov
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; A countor-based method for arbitrary document detection on a mobile device

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This paper considers the task of arbitrary document detection performed on a mobile device. The classical contour-based approach often mishandles cases with occlusion, complex background, or blur. Region-based approach, which relies on the contrast between object and background, does not have limitations, however its known implementations are highly resource-consuming. We propose a modification of a countor-based method, in which the competing hypotheses of the contour location are ranked according to the contrast between the areas inside and outside the border. In the performed experiments such modification leads to the 40% decrease of alternatives ordering errors and 10% decrease of the overall number of detection errors. We updated state-of-the-art performance on the open MIDV-500 dataset and demonstrated competitive results with the state-of-the-art on the SmartDoc dataset.

Generic Document Image Dewarping by Probabilistic Discretization of Vanishing Points

Gilles Simon, Salvatore Tabbone
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Robust Document Dewarping using vanishing points

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Document images dewarping is still a challenge especially when documents are captured with one camera in an uncontrolled environment. In this paper we propose a generic approach based on vanishing points (VP) to reconstruct the 3D shape of document pages. Unlike previous methods we do not need to segment the text included in the documents. Therefore, our approach is less sensitive to pre-processing and segmentation errors. The computation of the VPs is robust and relies on the a-contrario framework, which has only one parameter whose setting is based on probabilistic reasoning instead of experimental tuning. Thus, our method can be applied to any kind of document including text and non-text blocks and extended to other kind of images. Experimental results show that the proposed method is robust to a variety of distortions.

Fast Approximate Modelling of the Next Combination Result for Stopping the Text Recognition in a Video

Konstantin Bulatov, Nadezhda Fedotova, Vladimir V. Arlazarov
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Stopping Video Stream Recognition of a Text Field Using Optimized Computation Scheme

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In this paper, we consider a task of stopping the video stream recognition process of a text field, in which each frame is recognized independently and the individual results are combined together. The video stream recognition stopping problem is an under-researched topic with regards to computer vision, but its relevance for building high-performance video recognition systems is clear. Firstly, we describe an existing method of optimally stopping such a process based on a modelling of the next combined result. Then, we describe approximations and assumptions which allowed us to build an optimized computation scheme and thus obtain a method with reduced computational complexity. The methods were evaluated for the tasks of document text field recognition and arbitrary text recognition in a video. The experimental comparison shows that the introduced approximations do not diminish the quality of the stopping method in terms of the achieved combined result precision, while dramatically reducing the time required to make the stopping decision. The results were consistent for both text recognition tasks.

A Gated and Bifurcated Stacked U-Net Module for Document Image Dewarping

Hmrishav Bandyopadhyay, Tanmoy Dasgupta, Nibaran Das, Mita Nasipuri
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Gated and Bifurcated Stacked U-Net for Dewarping Document Images

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Capturing images of documents is one of the easiest and most used methods of recording them. These images however, being captured with the help of handheld devices, often lead to undesirable distortions that are hard to remove. We propose a supervised Gated and Bifurcated Stacked U-Net module to predict a dewarping grid and create a distortion free image from the input. While the network is trained on synthetically warped document images, results are calculated on the basis of real world images. The novelty in our methods exists not only in a bifurcation of the U-Net to help eliminate the intermingling of the grid coordinates, but also in the use of a gated network which adds boundary and other minute line level details to the model. The end-to-end pipeline proposed by us achieves state-of-the-art performance on the DocUNet dataset after being trained on just 8 percent of the data used in previous methods.

An Integrated Approach of Deep Learning and Symbolic Analysis for Digital PDF Table Extraction

Mengshi Zhang, Daniel Perelman, Vu Le, Sumit Gulwani
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Deep Learning and Symbolic Reasoning for Unstructured PDF Table Extraction

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Deep learning has shown great success at interpreting unstructured data such as object recognition in images. Symbolic/logical-reasoning techniques have shown great success in interpreting structured data such as table extraction in webpages, custom text files, spreadsheets. The tables in PDF documents are often generated from such structured sources (text-based Word/Latex documents, spreadsheets, webpages) but end up being unstructured. We thus explore novel combinations of deep learning and symbolic reasoning techniques to build an effective solution for PDF table extraction. We evaluate effectiveness without granting partial credit for matching part of a table (which may cause silent errors in downstream data processing). Our method achieves a 0.725 F1 score (vs. 0.339 for the state-of-the-art) on detecting correct table bounds---a much stricter metric than the common one of detecting characters within tables---in a well known public benchmark (ICDAR 2013) and a 0.404 F1 score (vs. 0.144 for the state-of-the-art) on our private benchmark with more widely varied table structures.

A Few-Shot Learning Approach for Historical Ciphered Manuscript Recognition

Mohamed Ali Souibgui, Alicia Fornés, Yousri Kessentini, Crina Tudor
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session OS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Handwritten Ciphers Recognition Using Few-Shot Object Detection

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Encoded (or ciphered) manuscripts are a special type of historical documents that contain encrypted text. The automatic recognition of this kind of documents is challenging because: 1) the cipher alphabet changes from one document to another, 2) there is a lack of annotated corpus for training and 3) touching symbols make the symbol segmentation difficult and complex. To overcome these difficulties, we propose a novel method for handwritten ciphers recognition based on few-shot object detection. Our method first detects all symbols of a given alphabet in a line image, and then a decoding step maps the symbol similarity scores to the final sequence of transcribed symbols. By training on synthetic data, we show that the proposed architecture is able to recognize handwritten ciphers with unseen alphabets. In addition, if few labeled pages with the same alphabet are used for fine tuning, our method surpasses existing unsupervised and supervised HTR methods for ciphers recognition.

The HisClima Database: Historical Weather Logs for Automatic Transcription and Information Extraction

Verónica Romero, Joan Andreu Sánchez
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Automatic Handwritten Text Recognition and Information Extraction from Historical Weather Logs

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Knowing the weather and atmospheric conditions from the past can help weather researchers to generate models like the ones used to predict how weather conditions are likely to change as global temperatures continue to rise. Many historical weather records are available from the past registered on a systemic basis. Historical weather logs were registered in ships, when they were on the high seas, recording daily weather conditions such as: wind speed, temperature, coordinates, etc. These historical documents represent an important source of knowledge with valuable information to extract climatic information of several centuries ago. Such information is usually collected by experts that devote a lot of time. This paper presents a new database, compiled from a ship log mainly composed by handwritten tables that contain mainly numerical information, to support research in automatic handwriting recognition and information extraction. In addition, a study is presented about the capability of state-of-the-art handwritten text recognition systems and information extraction techniques, when applied to the presented database. Baseline results are reported for reference in future studies.

End-To-End Hierarchical Relation Extraction for Generic Form Understanding

Tuan Anh Nguyen Dang, Duc-Thanh Hoang, Quang Bach Tran, Chih-Wei Pan, Thanh-Dat Nguyen
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.2

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Auto-TLDR; Joint Entity Labeling and Link Prediction for Form Understanding in Noisy Scanned Documents

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Form understanding is a challenging problem which aims to recognize semantic entities from the input document and their hierarchical relations. Previous approaches face a significant difficulty dealing with the complexity of the task, thus treat these objectives separately. To this end, we present a novel deep neural network to jointly perform both Entity Labeling and link prediction in an end-to-end fashion. Our model extends the Multi-stage Attentional U-Net architecture with the Part-Intensity Fields and Part-Association Fields for link prediction, enriching the spatial information flow with the additional supervision from Entity Linking. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the model on the \textit{Form Understanding in Noisy Scanned Documents} \textit{(FUNSD)} dataset, where our method substantially outperforms the original model and state-of-the-art baselines in both Entity Labeling and Entity Linking task.

Can You Trust Your Pose? Confidence Estimation in Visual Localization

Luca Ferranti, Xiaotian Li, Jani Boutellier, Juho Kannala
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Fri 15 Jan 2021 at 16:00 in session PS T3.11

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Auto-TLDR; Pose Confidence Estimation in Large-Scale Environments: A Light-weight Approach to Improving Pose Estimation Pipeline

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Camera pose estimation in large-scale environments is still an open question and, despite recent promising results, it may still fail in some situations. The research so far has focused on improving subcomponents of estimation pipelines, to achieve more accurate poses. However, there is no guarantee for the result to be correct, even though the correctness of pose estimation is critically important in several visual localization applications, such as in autonomous navigation. In this paper we bring to attention a novel research question, pose confidence estimation, where we aim at quantifying how reliable the visually estimated pose is. We develop a novel confidence measure to fulfill this task and show that it can be flexibly applied to different datasets, indoor or outdoor, and for various visual localization pipelines. We also show that the proposed techniques can be used to accomplish a secondary goal: improving the accuracy of existing pose estimation pipelines. Finally, the proposed approach is computationally light-weight and adds only a negligible increase to the computational effort of pose estimation.

HP2IFS: Head Pose Estimation Exploiting Partitioned Iterated Function Systems

Carmen Bisogni, Michele Nappi, Chiara Pero, Stefano Ricciardi
Track 2: Biometrics, Human Analysis and Behavior Understanding
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session PS T2.3

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Auto-TLDR; PIFS based head pose estimation using fractal coding theory and Partitioned Iterated Function Systems

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Estimating the actual head orientation from 2D images, with regard to its three degrees of freedom, is a well known problem that is highly significant for a large number of applications involving head pose knowledge. Consequently, this topic has been tackled by a plethora of methods and algorithms the most part of which exploits neural networks. Machine learning methods, indeed, achieve accurate head rotation values yet require an adequate training stage and, to that aim, a relevant number of positive and negative examples. In this paper we take a different approach to this topic by using fractal coding theory and particularly Partitioned Iterated Function Systems to extract the fractal code from the input head image and to compare this representation to the fractal code of a reference model through Hamming distance. According to experiments conducted on both the BIWI and the AFLW2000 databases, the proposed PIFS based head pose estimation method provides accurate yaw/pitch/roll angular values, with a performance approaching that of state of the art of machine-learning based algorithms and exceeding most of non-training based approaches.

Documents Counterfeit Detection through a Deep Learning Approach

Darwin Danilo Saire Pilco, Salvatore Tabbone
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; End-to-End Learning for Counterfeit Documents Detection using Deep Neural Network

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The main topic of this work is on the detection of counterfeit documents and especially banknotes. We propose an end-to-end learning model using a deep learning approach based on Adapnet++ which manages feature extraction at multiple scale levels using several residual units. Unlike previous models based on regions of interest (ROI) and high-resolution documents, our network is feed with simple input images (i.e., a single patch) and we do not need high resolution images. Besides, discriminative regions can be visualized at different scales. Our network learns by itself which regions of interest predict the better results. Experimental results show that we are competitive compared with the state-of-the-art and our deep neural network has good ability to generalize and can be applied to other kind of documents like identity or administrative one.

RISEdb: A Novel Indoor Localization Dataset

Carlos Sanchez Belenguer, Erik Wolfart, Álvaro Casado Coscollá, Vitor Sequeira
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 16:30 in session PS T3.6

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Auto-TLDR; Indoor Localization Using LiDAR SLAM and Smartphones: A Benchmarking Dataset

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In this paper we introduce a novel public dataset for developing and benchmarking indoor localization systems. We have selected and 3D mapped a set of representative indoor environments including a large office building, a conference room, a workshop, an exhibition area and a restaurant. Our acquisition pipeline is based on a portable LiDAR SLAM backpack to map the buildings and to accurately track the pose of the user as it moves freely inside them. We introduce the calibration procedures that enable us to acquire and geo-reference live data coming from different independent sensors rigidly attached to the backpack. This has allowed us to collect long sequences of spherical and stereo images, together with all the sensor readings coming from a consumer smartphone and locate them inside the map with centimetre accuracy. The dataset addresses many of the limitations of existing indoor localization datasets regarding the scale and diversity of the mapped buildings; the number of acquired sequences under varying conditions; the accuracy of the ground-truth trajectory; the availability of a detailed 3D model and the availability of different sensor types. It enables the benchmarking of existing and the development of new indoor localization approaches, in particular for deep learning based systems that require large amounts of labeled training data.

Text Baseline Recognition Using a Recurrent Convolutional Neural Network

Matthias Wödlinger, Robert Sablatnig
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Automatic Baseline Detection of Handwritten Text Using Recurrent Convolutional Neural Network

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The detection of baselines of text is a necessary pre-processing step for many modern methods of automatic handwriting recognition. In this work a two-stage system for the automatic detection of text baselines of handwritten text is presented. In a first step pixel-wise segmentation on the document image is performed to classify pixels as baselines, start points and end points. This segmentation is then used to extract the start points of lines. Starting from these points the baseline is extracted using a recurrent convolutional neural network that directly outputs the baseline coordinates. This method allows the direct extraction of baseline coordinates as the output of a neural network without the use of any post processing steps. The model is evaluated on the cBAD dataset from the ICDAR 2019 competition on baseline detection.

Sample-Aware Data Augmentor for Scene Text Recognition

Guanghao Meng, Tao Dai, Shudeng Wu, Bin Chen, Jian Lu, Yong Jiang, Shutao Xia
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Sample-Aware Data Augmentation for Scene Text Recognition

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Deep neural networks (DNNs) have been widely used in scene text recognition, and achieved remarkable performance. Such DNN-based scene text recognizers usually require plenty of training data for training, but data collection and annotation is usually cost-expensive in practice. To alleviate this issue, data augmentation is often applied to train the scene text recognizers. However, existing data augmentation methods including affine transformation and elastic transformation methods suffer from the problems of under- and over-diversity, due to the complexity of text contents and shapes. In this paper, we propose a sample-aware data augmentor to transform samples adaptively based on the contents of samples. Specifically, our data augmentor consists of three parts: gated module, affine transformation module, and elastic transformation module. In our data augmentor, affine transformation module focuses on keeping the affinity of samples, while elastic transformation module aims to improve the diversity of samples. With the gated module, our data augmentor determines transformation type adaptively based on the properties of training samples and the recognizer capability during the training process. Besides, our framework introduces an adversarial learning strategy to optimize the augmentor and the recognizer jointly. Extensive experiments on scene text recognition benchmarks show that our sample-aware data augmentor significantly improves the performance of state-of-the-art scene text recognizer.

Feature Embedding Based Text Instance Grouping for Largely Spaced and Occluded Text Detection

Pan Gao, Qi Wan, Renwu Gao, Linlin Shen
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Text Instance Embedding Based Feature Embeddings for Multiple Text Instance Grouping

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A text instance can be easily detected as multiple ones due to the large space between texts/characters, curved shape and partial occlusion. In this paper, a feature embedding based text instance grouping algorithm is proposed to solve this problem. To learn the feature space, a TIEM (Text Instance Embedding Module) is trained to minimize the within instance scatter and maximize the between instance scatter. Similarity between different text instances are measured in the feature space and merged if they meet certain conditions. Experimental results show that our approach can effectively connect text regions that belong to the same text instance. Competitive performance of our approach has been achieved on CTW1500, Total-Text, IC15 and a subset consists of texts selected from the three datasets, with large spacing and occlusions.

An Evaluation of DNN Architectures for Page Segmentation of Historical Newspapers

Manuel Burghardt, Bernhard Liebl
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Evaluation of Backbone Architectures for Optical Character Segmentation of Historical Documents

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One important and particularly challenging step in the optical character recognition of historical documents with complex layouts, such as newspapers, is the separation of text from non-text content (e.g. page borders or illustrations). This step is commonly referred to as page segmentation. While various rule-based algorithms have been proposed, the applicability of Deep Neural Networks for this task recently has gained a lot of attention. In this paper, we perform a systematic evaluation of 11 different published backbone architectures and 9 different tiling and scaling configurations for separating text, tables or table column lines. We also show the influence of the number of labels and the number of training pages on the segmentation quality, which we measure using the Matthews Correlation Coefficient. Our results show that (depending on the task) Inception-ResNet-v2 and EfficientNet backbones work best, vertical tiling is generally preferable to other tiling approaches, and training data that comprises 30 to 40 pages will be sufficient most of the time.

Textual-Content Based Classification of Bundles of Untranscribed of Manuscript Images

José Ramón Prieto Fontcuberta, Enrique Vidal, Vicente Bosch, Carlos Alonso, Carmen Orcero, Lourdes Márquez
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Probabilistic Indexing for Text-based Classification of Manuscripts

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Content-based classification of manuscripts is an important task that is generally performed in archives and libraries by experts with a wealth of knowledge on the manuscripts contents. Unfortunately, many manuscript collections are so vast that it is not feasible to rely solely on experts to perform this task. Current approaches for textual-content-based manuscript classification generally require the handwritten images to be first transcribed into text -- but achieving sufficiently accurate transcripts is generally unfeasible for large sets of historical manuscripts. We propose a new approach to automatically perform this classification task which does not rely on any explicit image transcripts. It is based on ``probabilistic indexing'', a relatively novel technology which allows to effectively represent the intrinsic word-level uncertainty generally exhibited by handwritten text images. We assess the performance of this approach on a large collection of complex manuscripts from the Spanish Archivo General de Indias, with promising results.

Scene Text Detection with Selected Anchors

Anna Zhu, Hang Du, Shengwu Xiong
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; AS-RPN: Anchor Selection-based Region Proposal Network for Scene Text Detection

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Object proposal technique with dense anchoring scheme for scene text detection were applied frequently to achieve high recall. It results in the significant improvement in accuracy but waste of computational searching, regression and classification. In this paper, we propose an anchor selection-based region proposal network (AS-RPN) using effective selected anchors instead of dense anchors to extract text proposals. The center, scales, aspect ratios and orientations of anchors are learnable instead of fixing, which leads to high recall and greatly reduced numbers of anchors. By replacing the anchor-based RPN in Faster RCNN, the AS-RPN-based Faster RCNN can achieve comparable performance with previous state-of-the-art text detecting approaches on standard benchmarks, including COCO-Text, ICDAR2013, ICDAR2015 and MSRA-TD500 when using single-scale and single model (ResNet50) testing only.

Learning to Sort Handwritten Text Lines in Reading Order through Estimated Binary Order Relations

Lorenzo Quirós, Enrique Vidal
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session OS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Automatic Reading Order of Text Lines in Handwritten Text Documents

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Recent advances in Handwritten Text Recognition and Document Layout Analysis make it possible to extract information from digitized documents and make them accessible beyond the archive shelves. But the reading order of the elements in those documents still is an open problem that has to be solved in order to provide that information with the correct structure. Most of the studies on the reading order task are rule-base approaches that focus on printed documents, while less attention has been paid to handwritten text documents. In this work we propose a new approach to automatically determine the reading order of text lines in handwritten text documents. The task is approached as a sorting problem where the order-relation operator is learned directly from examples. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our method on three different datasets.

Recovery of 2D and 3D Layout Information through an Advanced Image Stitching Algorithm Using Scanning Electron Microscope Images

Aayush Singla, Bernhard Lippmann, Helmut Graeb
Track 5: Image and Signal Processing
Fri 15 Jan 2021 at 16:00 in session PS T5.8

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Auto-TLDR; Image Stitching for True Geometrical Layout Recovery in Nanoscale Dimension

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Image stitching describes the process of reconstruction of a high resolution image from combining multiple images. Using a scanning electron microscope as the image source, individual images will show patterns in a nm dimension whereas the combined image may cover an area of several mm2. The recovery of the physical layout of modern semiconductor products manufactured in advanced technologies nodes down to 22 nm requires a perfect stitching process with no deviation with respect to the original design data, as any stitching error will result in failures during the reconstruction of the electrical design. In addition, the recovery of the complete design requires the acquisition of all individual layers of a semiconductor device which represent a 3D structure with interconnections defining error limits on the stitching error for each individual scanned image mosaic. An advanced stitching and alignment process is presented enabling a true geometrical layout recovery in nanoscale dimensions which is also applied and evaluated on other use cases from biological applications.

Combining Deep and Ad-Hoc Solutions to Localize Text Lines in Ancient Arabic Document Images

Olfa Mechi, Maroua Mehri, Rolf Ingold, Najoua Essoukri Ben Amara
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Text Line Localization in Ancient Handwritten Arabic Document Images using U-Net and Topological Structural Analysis

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Text line localization in document images is still considered an open research task. The state-of-the-art methods in this regard that are only based on the classical image analysis techniques mostly have unsatisfactory performances especially when the document images i) contain significant degradations and different noise types and scanning defects, and ii) have touching and/or multi-skewed text lines or overlapping words/characters and non-uniform inter-line space. Moreover, localizing text in ancient handwritten Arabic document images is even more complex due to the morphological particularities related to the Arabic script. Thus, in this paper, we propose a hybrid method combining a deep network with classical document image analysis techniques for text line localization in ancient handwritten Arabic document images. The proposed method is firstly based on using the U-Net architecture to extract the main area covering the text core. Then, a modified RLSA combined with topological structural analysis are applied to localize whole text lines (including the ascender and descender components). To analyze the performance of the proposed method, a set of experiments has been conducted on many recent public and private datasets, and a thorough experimental evaluation has been carried out.

Vision-Based Layout Detection from Scientific Literature Using Recurrent Convolutional Neural Networks

Huichen Yang, William Hsu
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T3.2

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Auto-TLDR; Transfer Learning for Scientific Literature Layout Detection Using Convolutional Neural Networks

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We present an approach for adapting convolutional neural networks for object recognition and classification to scientific literature layout detection (SLLD), a shared subtask of several information extraction problems. Scientific publications contain multiple types of information sought by researchers in various disciplines, organized into an abstract, bibliography, and sections documenting related work, experimental methods, and results; however, there is no effective way to extract this information due to their diverse layout. In this paper, we present a novel approach to developing an end-to-end learning framework to segment and classify major regions of a scientific document. We consider scientific document layout analysis as an object detection task over digital images, without any additional text features that need to be added into the network during the training process. Our technical objective is to implement transfer learning via fine-tuning of pre-trained networks and thereby demonstrate that this deep learning architecture is suitable for tasks that lack very large document corpora for training. As part of the experimental test bed for empirical evaluation of this approach, we created a merged multi-corpus data set for scientific publication layout detection tasks. Our results show good improvement with fine-tuning of a pre-trained base network using this merged data set, compared to the baseline convolutional neural network architecture.

Image-Based Table Cell Detection: A New Dataset and an Improved Detection Method

Dafeng Wei, Hongtao Lu, Yi Zhou, Kai Chen
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.2

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Auto-TLDR; TableCell: A Semi-supervised Dataset for Table-wise Detection and Recognition

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The topic of table detection and recognition has been spotlighted in recent years, however, the latest works only aim at the coarse scene in table-wise detection. In this paper, we present TableCell, a new image-based dataset which contains 5262 samples with 170K high precision cell-wised annotations based on a novel semi-supervised method.. Several classical deep learning detection models are evaluated to build a strong baseline using the proposed dataset. Furthermore, we come up with an efficient table projection method to facilitate capturing long-range global feature, which consists of row projection and column projection. Experiments demonstrate that our proposed method improves the accuracy of table detection. Our dataset and code will be made available at https://github.com/weidafeng/TableCell upon publication.

ReADS: A Rectified Attentional Double Supervised Network for Scene Text Recognition

Qi Song, Qianyi Jiang, Xiaolin Wei, Nan Li, Rui Zhang
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; ReADS: Rectified Attentional Double Supervised Network for General Scene Text Recognition

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In recent years, scene text recognition is always regarded as a sequence-to-sequence problem. Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and Attentional sequence recognition (Attn) are two very prevailing approaches to tackle this problem while they may fail in some scenarios respectively. CTC concentrates more on every individual character but is weak in text semantic dependency modeling. Attn based methods have better context semantic modeling ability while tends to overfit on limited training data. In this paper, we elaborately design a Rectified Attentional Double Supervised Network (ReADS) for general scene text recognition. To overcome the weakness of CTC and Attn, both of them are applied in our method but with different modules in two supervised branches which can make a complementary to each other. Moreover, effective spatial and channel attention mechanisms are introduced to eliminate background noise and extract valid foreground information. Finally, a simple rectified network is implemented to rectify irregular text. The ReADS can be trained end-to-end and only word-level annotations are required. Extensive experiments on various benchmarks verify the effectiveness of ReADS which achieves state-of-the-art performance.

DR2S: Deep Regression with Region Selection for Camera Quality Evaluation

Marcelin Tworski, Stéphane Lathuiliere, Salim Belkarfa, Attilio Fiandrotti, Marco Cagnazzo
Track 5: Image and Signal Processing
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 16:00 in session PS T5.6

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Auto-TLDR; Texture Quality Estimation Using Deep Learning

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In this work, we tackle the problem of estimating a camera capability to preserve fine texture details at a given lighting condition. Importantly, our texture preservation measurement should coincide with human perception. Consequently, we formulate our problem as a regression one and we introduce a deep convolutional network to estimate texture quality score. At training time, we use ground-truth quality scores provided by expert human annotators in order to obtain a subjective quality measure. In addition, we propose a region selection method to identify the image regions that are better suited at measuring perceptual quality. Finally, our experimental evaluation shows that our learning-based approach outperforms existing methods and that our region selection algorithm consistently improves the quality estimation.

Named Entity Recognition and Relation Extraction with Graph Neural Networks in Semi Structured Documents

Manuel Carbonell, Pau Riba, Mauricio Villegas, Alicia Fornés, Josep Llados
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session OS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Graph Neural Network for Entity Recognition and Relation Extraction in Semi-Structured Documents

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The use of administrative documents to communicate and leave record of business information requires of methods able to automatically extract and understand the content from such documents in a robust and efficient way. In addition, the semi-structured nature of these reports is specially suited for the use of graph-based representations which are flexible enough to adapt to the deformations from the different document templates. Moreover, Graph Neural Networks provide the proper methodology to learn relations among the data elements in these documents. In this work we study the use of Graph Neural Network architectures to tackle the problem of entity recognition and relation extraction in semi-structured documents. Our approach achieves state of the art results on the three tasks involved in the process. Moreover, the experimentation with two datasets of different nature demonstrates the good generalization ability of our approach.

2D License Plate Recognition based on Automatic Perspective Rectification

Hui Xu, Zhao-Hong Guo, Da-Han Wang, Xiang-Dong Zhou, Yu Shi
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Perspective Rectification Network for License Plate Recognition

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License plate recognition (LPR) remains a challenging task in face of some difficulties such as image deformation and multi-line character distribution. Text rectification that is crucial to eliminate the effects of image deformation has attracted increasing attentions in scene text recognition. However, current text rectification methods are not designed specifically for LPR, which did not take the features of plate deformation into account. Considering the fact that a license plate (LP) can only generate perspective distortion in the image due to its rigid feature, in this paper we propose a novel perspective rectification network (PRN) to automatically estimate the perspective transformation and rectify the distorted LP accordingly. For recognition, we propose a location-aware 2D attention based recognition network that is capable of recognizing both single-line and double-line plates with perspective deformation. The rectification network and recognition network are connected for end-to-end training. Experiments on common datasets show that the proposed method achieves the state-of-the-art performance, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Text Recognition - Real World Data and Where to Find Them

Klára Janoušková, Lluis Gomez, Dimosthenis Karatzas, Jiri Matas
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Exploiting Weakly Annotated Images for Text Extraction

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We present a method for exploiting weakly annotated images to improve text extraction pipelines. The approach uses an arbitrary end-to-end text recognition system to obtain text region proposals and their, possibly erroneous, transcriptions. The proposed method includes matching of imprecise transcription to weak annotations and edit distance guided neighbourhood search. It produces nearly error-free, localised instances of scene text, which we treat as "pseudo ground truth" (PGT). We apply the method to two weakly-annotated datasets. Training with the extracted PGT consistently improves the accuracy of a state of the art recognition model, by 3.7 % on average, across different benchmark datasets (image domains) and 24.5 % on one of the weakly annotated datasets.

Effective Deployment of CNNs for 3DoF Pose Estimation and Grasping in Industrial Settings

Daniele De Gregorio, Riccardo Zanella, Gianluca Palli, Luigi Di Stefano
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T3.3

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Auto-TLDR; Automated Deep Learning for Robotic Grasping Applications

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In this paper we investigate how to effectively deploy deep learning in practical industrial settings, such as robotic grasping applications. When a deep-learning based solution is proposed, usually lacks of any simple method to generate the training data. In the industrial field, where automation is the main goal, not bridging this gap is one of the main reasons why deep learning is not as widespread as it is in the academic world. For this reason, in this work we developed a system composed by a 3-DoF Pose Estimator based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and an effective procedure to gather massive amounts of training images in the field with minimal human intervention. By automating the labeling stage, we also obtain very robust systems suitable for production-level usage. An open source implementation of our solution is provided, alongside with the dataset used for the experimental evaluation.

Recognizing Multiple Text Sequences from an Image by Pure End-To-End Learning

Zhenlong Xu, Shuigeng Zhou, Fan Bai, Cheng Zhanzhan, Yi Niu, Shiliang Pu
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Pure End-to-End Learning for Multiple Text Sequences Recognition from Images

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We address a challenging problem: recognizing multiple text sequences from an image by pure end-to-end learning. It is twofold: 1) Multiple text sequences recognition. Each image may contain multiple text sequences of different content, location and orientation, we try to recognize all these texts in the image. 2) Pure end-to-end (PEE) learning.We solve the problem in a pure end-to-end learning way where each training image is labeled by only text transcripts of the contained sequences, without any geometric annotations. Most existing works recognize multiple text sequences from an image in a non-end-to-end (NEE) or quasi-end-to-end (QEE) way, in which each image is trained with both text transcripts and text locations. Only recently, a PEE method was proposed to recognize text sequences from an image where the text sequence was split to several lines in the image. However, it cannot be directly applied to recognizing multiple text sequences from an image. So in this paper, we propose a pure end-to-end learning method to recognize multiple text sequences from an image. Our method directly learns the probability distribution of multiple sequences conditioned on each input image, and outputs multiple text transcripts with a well-designed decoding strategy. To evaluate the proposed method, we construct several datasets mainly based on an existing public dataset and two real application scenarios. Experimental results show that the proposed method can effectively recognize multiple text sequences from images, and outperforms CTC-based and attention-based baseline methods.

Mobile Augmented Reality: Fast, Precise, and Smooth Planar Object Tracking

Dmitrii Matveichev, Daw-Tung Lin
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Fri 15 Jan 2021 at 15:00 in session PS T3.10

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Auto-TLDR; Planar Object Tracking with Sparse Optical Flow Tracking and Descriptor Matching

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We propose an innovative method for combining sparse optical flow tracking and descriptor matching algorithms. The proposed approach solves the following problems that are inherent to keypoint-based and optical flow based tracking algorithms: spatial jitter, extreme scale transformation, extreme perspective transformation, degradation in the number of tracking points, and drifting of tracking points. Our algorithm provides smooth object-position tracking under six degrees of freedom transformations with a small computational cost for providing a high-quality real-time AR experience on mobile platforms. We experimentally demonstrate that our approach outperforms the state-of-the-art tracking algorithms while offering faster computational time. A mobile augmented reality (AR) application, which is developed using our approach, delivers planar object tracking with 30 FPS on modern mobile phones for a camera resolution of 1280$\times$720. Finally, we compare the performance of our AR application with that of the Vuforia-based AR application on the same planar objects database. The test results show that our AR application delivers better AR experience than Vuforia in terms of smooth transition of object-pose between video frames.

Writer Identification Using Deep Neural Networks: Impact of Patch Size and Number of Patches

Akshay Punjabi, José Ramón Prieto Fontcuberta, Enrique Vidal
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Writer Recognition Using Deep Neural Networks for Handwritten Text Images

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Traditional approaches for the recognition or identification of the writer of a handwritten text image used to relay on heuristic knowledge about the shape and other features of the strokes of previously segmented characters. However, recent works have done significantly advances on the state of the art thanks to the use of various types of deep neural networks. In most of all of these works, text images are decomposed into patches, which are processed by the networks without any previous character or word segmentation. In this paper, we study how the way images are decomposed into patches impact recognition accuracy, using three publicly available datasets. The study also includes a simpler architecture where no patches are used at all - a single deep neural network inputs a whole text image and directly provides a writer recognition hypothesis. Results show that bigger patches generally lead to improved accuracy, achieving in one of the datasets a significant improvement over the best results reported so far.

Unsupervised deep learning for text line segmentation

Berat Kurar Barakat, Ahmad Droby, Reem Alaasam, Borak Madi, Irina Rabaev, Raed Shammes, Jihad El-Sana
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Unsupervised Deep Learning for Handwritten Text Line Segmentation without Annotation

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We present an unsupervised deep learning method for text line segmentation that is inspired by the relative variance between text lines and spaces among text lines. Handwritten text line segmentation is important for the efficiency of further processing. A common method is to train a deep learning network for embedding the document image into an image of blob lines that are tracing the text lines. Previous methods learned such embedding in a supervised manner, requiring the annotation of many document images. This paper presents an unsupervised embedding of document image patches without a need for annotations. The number of foreground pixels over the text lines is relatively different from the number of foreground pixels over the spaces among text lines. Generating similar and different pairs relying on this principle definitely leads to outliers. However, as the results show, the outliers do not harm the convergence and the network learns to discriminate the text lines from the spaces between text lines. Remarkably, with a challenging Arabic handwritten text line segmentation dataset, VML-AHTE, we achieved superior performance over the supervised methods. Additionally, the proposed method was evaluated on the ICDAR 2017 and ICFHR 2010 handwritten text line segmentation datasets.

Watch Your Strokes: Improving Handwritten Text Recognition with Deformable Convolutions

Iulian Cojocaru, Silvia Cascianelli, Lorenzo Baraldi, Massimiliano Corsini, Rita Cucchiara
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Deformable Convolutional Neural Networks for Handwritten Text Recognition

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Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) in free-layout pages is a valuable yet challenging task which aims to automatically understand handwritten texts. State-of-the-art approaches in this field usually encode input images with Convolutional Neural Networks, whose kernels are typically defined on a fixed grid and focus on all input pixels independently. However, this is in contrast with the sparse nature of handwritten pages, in which only pixels representing the ink of the writing are useful for the recognition task. Furthermore, the standard convolution operator is not explicitly designed to take into account the great variability in shape, scale, and orientation of handwritten characters. To overcome these limitations, we investigate the use of deformable convolutions for handwriting recognition. This type of convolution deform the convolution kernel according to the content of the neighborhood, and can therefore be more adaptable to geometric variations and other deformations of the text. Experiments conducted on the IAM and RIMES datasets demonstrate that the use of deformable convolutions is a promising direction for the design of novel architectures for handwritten text recognition.

Localization and Transformation Reconstruction of Image Regions: An Extended Congruent Triangles Approach

Afra'A Ahmad Alyosef, Christian Elias, Andreas Nürnberger
Track 5: Image and Signal Processing
Fri 15 Jan 2021 at 16:00 in session PS T5.8

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Auto-TLDR; Outlier Filtering of Sub-Image Relations using Geometrical Information

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Most of the existing methods to localize (sub) image relations – a subclass of near-duplicate retrieval techniques – rely on the distinctiveness of matched features of the images being compared. These sets of matching features usually include a proportion of outliers, i.e. features linking non matching regions. In approaches that are designed for retrieval purposes only, these false matches usually have a minor impact on the final ranking. However, if also a localization of regions and corresponding image transformations should be computed, these false matches often have a more significant impact. In this paper, we propose a novel outlier filtering approach based on the geometrical information of the matched features. Our approach is similar to the RANSAC model, but instead of randomly selecting sets of matches and employ them to derive the homography transformation between images or image regions, we exploit in addition the geometrical relation of feature matches to find the best congruent triangle matches. Based on this information we classify outliers and determine the correlation between image regions. We compare our approach with state of art approaches using different feature models and various benchmark data sets (sub-image/panorama with affine transformation, adding blur, noise or scale change). The results indicate that our approach is more robust than the state of art approaches and is able to detect correlation even when most matches are outliers. Moreover, our approach reduces the pre-processing time to filter the matches significantly.

Automated Whiteboard Lecture Video Summarization by Content Region Detection and Representation

Bhargava Urala Kota, Alexander Stone, Kenny Davila, Srirangaraj Setlur, Venu Govindaraju
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; A Framework for Summarizing Whiteboard Lecture Videos Using Feature Representations of Handwritten Content Regions

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Lecture videos are rapidly becoming an invaluable source of information for students across the globe. Given the large number of online courses currently available, it is important to condense the information within these videos into a compact yet representative summary that can be used for search-based applications. We propose a framework to summarize whiteboard lecture videos by finding feature representations of detected handwritten content regions to determine unique content. We investigate multi-scale histogram of gradients and embeddings from deep metric learning for feature representation. We explicitly handle occluded, growing and disappearing handwritten content. Our method is capable of producing two kinds of lecture video summaries - the unique regions themselves or so-called key content and keyframes (which contain all unique content in a video segment). We use weighted spatio-temporal conflict minimization to segment the lecture and produce keyframes from detected regions and features. We evaluate both types of summaries and find that we obtain state-of-the-art peformance in terms of number of summary keyframes while our unique content recall and precision are comparable to state-of-the-art.

Benchmarking Cameras for OpenVSLAM Indoors

Kevin Chappellet, Guillaume Caron, Fumio Kanehiro, Ken Sakurada, Abderrahmane Kheddar
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Fri 15 Jan 2021 at 15:00 in session PS T3.10

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Auto-TLDR; OpenVSLAM: Benchmarking Camera Types for Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping

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In this paper we benchmark different types of cameras and evaluate their performance in terms of reliable localization reliability and precision in Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (vSLAM). Such benchmarking is merely found for visual odometry, but never for vSLAM. Existing studies usually compare several algorithms for a given camera. %This work is the first to handle the dual of the latter, i.e. comparing several cameras for a given SLAM algorithm. The evaluation methodology we propose is applied to the recent OpenVSLAM framework. The latter is versatile enough to natively deal with perspective, fisheye, 360 cameras in a monocular or stereoscopic setup, an in RGB or RGB-D modalities. Results in various sequences containing light variation and scenery modifications in the scene assess quantitatively the maximum localization rate for 360 vision. In the contrary, RGB-D vision shows the lowest localization rate, but highest precision when localization is possible. Stereo-fisheye trades-off with localization rates and precision between 360 vision and RGB-D vision. The dataset with ground truth will be made available in open access to allow evaluating other/future vSLAM algorithms with respect to these camera types.

Deep Homography-Based Video Stabilization

Maria Silvia Ito, Ebroul Izquierdo
Track 5: Image and Signal Processing
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 16:30 in session PS T5.4

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Auto-TLDR; Video Stabilization using Deep Learning and Spatial Transformer Networks

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Video stabilization is fundamental for providing good Quality of Experience for viewers and generating suitable content for video applications. In this scenario, Digital Video Stabilization (DVS) is convenient and economical for casual or amateur recording because it neither requires specific equipment nor demands knowledge of the device used for recording. Although DVS has been a research topic for decades, with a number of proposals from industry and academia, traditional methods tend to fail in a number of scenarios, e.g. with occlusion, textureless areas, parallax, dark areas, amongst others. On the other hand, defining a smooth camera path is a hard task in Deep Learning scenarios. This paper proposes a video stabilization system based on traditional and Deep Learning methods. First, we leverage Spatial Transformer Networks (STNs) to learn transformation parameters between image pairs, then utilize this knowledge to stabilize videos: we obtain the motion parameters between frame pairs and then smooth the camera path using moving averages. Our approach aims at combining the strengths of both Deep Learning and traditional methods: the ability of STNs to estimate motion parameters between two frames and the effectiveness of moving averages to smooth camera paths. Experimental results show that our system outperforms state-of-the-art proposals and a commercial solution.

Story Comparison for Estimating Field of View Overlap in a Video Collection

Thierry Malon, Sylvie Chambon, Alain Crouzil, Vincent Charvillat
Track 3: Computer Vision Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session OS T3.1

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Auto-TLDR; Finding Videos with Overlapping Fields of View Using Video Data

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Determining the links between large amounts of video data with no prior knowledge of the camera positions is a hard task to automate. From a collection of videos acquired from static cameras simultaneously, we propose a method for finding groups of videos with overlapping fields of view. Each video is first processed individually: at regular time steps, objects are detected and are assigned a category and an appearance descriptor. Next, the video is split into cells at different resolutions and we assign to each cell its story: it consists of the list of objects detected in the cell over time. Once the stories are established for each video, the links between cells of different videos are determined by comparing their stories: two cells are linked if they show simultaneous detections of objects of the same category with similar appearances. Pairs of videos with overlapping fields of view are identified using these links between cells. A link graph is finally returned, in which each node represents a video, and the edges indicate pairs of overlapping videos. The approach is evaluated on a set of 63 real videos from both public datasets and live surveillance videos, as well as on 84 synthetic videos, and shows promising results.

Multimodal Side-Tuning for Document Classification

Stefano Zingaro, Giuseppe Lisanti, Maurizio Gabbrielli
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Side-tuning for Multimodal Document Classification

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In this paper, we propose to exploit the side-tuning framework for multimodal document classification. Side-tuning is a methodology for network adaptation recently introduced to solve some of the problems related to previous approaches. Thanks to this technique it is actually possible to overcome model rigidity and catastrophic forgetting of transfer learning by fine-tuning. The proposed solution uses off-the-shelf deep learning architectures leveraging the side-tuning framework to combine a base model with a tandem of two side networks. We show that side-tuning can be successfully employed also when different data sources are considered, e.g. text and images in document classification. The experimental results show that this approach pushes further the limit for document classification accuracy with respect to the state of the art.

Improving Word Recognition Using Multiple Hypotheses and Deep Embeddings

Siddhant Bansal, Praveen Krishnan, C. V. Jawahar
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; EmbedNet: fuse recognition-based and recognition-free approaches for word recognition using learning-based methods

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We propose to fuse recognition-based and recognition-free approaches for word recognition using learning-based methods. For this purpose, results obtained using a text recognizer and deep embeddings (generated using an End2End network) are fused. To further improve the embeddings, we propose EmbedNet, it uses triplet loss for training and learns an embedding space where the embedding of the word image lies closer to its corresponding text transcription’s embedding. This updated embedding space helps in choosing the correct prediction with higher confidence. To further improve the accuracy, we propose a plug-and-play module called Confidence based Accuracy Booster (CAB). It takes in the confidence scores obtained from the text recognizer and Euclidean distances between the embeddings and generates an updated distance vector. This vector has lower distance values for the correct words and higher distance values for the incorrect words. We rigorously evaluate our proposed method systematically on a collection of books that are in the Hindi language. Our method achieves an absolute improvement of around 10% in terms of word recognition accuracy.

On Identification and Retrieval of Near-Duplicate Biological Images: A New Dataset and Protocol

Thomas E. Koker, Sai Spandana Chintapalli, San Wang, Blake A. Talbot, Daniel Wainstock, Marcelo Cicconet, Mary C. Walsh
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; BINDER: Bio-Image Near-Duplicate Examples Repository for Image Identification and Retrieval

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Manipulation and re-use of images in scientific publications is a growing issue, not only for biomedical publishers, but also for the research community in general. In this work we introduce BINDER -- Bio-Image Near-Duplicate Examples Repository, a novel dataset to help researchers develop, train, and test models to detect same-source biomedical images. BINDER contains 7,490 unique image patches for model training, 1,821 same-size patch duplicates for validation and testing, and 868 different-size image/patch pairs for image retrieval validation and testing. Except for the training set, patches already contain manipulations including rotation, translation, scale, perspective transform, contrast adjustment and/or compression artifacts. We further use the dataset to demonstrate how novel adaptations of existing image retrieval and metric learning models can be applied to achieve high-accuracy inference results, creating a baseline for future work. In aggregate, we thus present a supervised protocol for near-duplicate image identification and retrieval without any "real-world" training example. Our dataset and source code are available at hms-idac.github.io/BINDER.

One Step Clustering Based on A-Contrario Framework for Detection of Alterations in Historical Violins

Alireza Rezaei, Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Emanuel Aldea, Piercarlo Dondi, Marco Malagodi
Track 1: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning for Pattern Analysis
Wed 13 Jan 2021 at 16:30 in session PS T1.8

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Auto-TLDR; A-Contrario Clustering for the Detection of Altered Violins using UVIFL Images

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Preventive conservation is an important practice in Cultural Heritage. The constant monitoring of the state of conservation of an artwork helps us reduce the risk of damage and number of interventions necessary. In this work, we propose a probabilistic approach for the detection of alterations on the surface of historical violins based on an a-contrario framework. Our method is a one step NFA clustering solution which considers grey-level and spatial density information in one background model. The proposed method is robust to noise and avoids parameter tuning and any assumption about the quantity of the worn out areas. We have used as input UV induced fluorescence (UVIFL) images for considering details not perceivable with visible light. Tests were conducted on image sequences included in the ``Violins UVIFL imagery'' dataset. Results illustrate the ability of the algorithm to distinguish the worn area from the surrounding regions. Comparisons with the state of the art clustering methods shows improved overall precision and recall.

Large-Scale Historical Watermark Recognition: Dataset and a New Consistency-Based Approach

Xi Shen, Ilaria Pastrolin, Oumayma Bounou, Spyros Gidaris, Marc Smith, Olivier Poncet, Mathieu Aubry
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 17:00 in session PS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; Historical Watermark Recognition with Fine-Grained Cross-Domain One-Shot Instance Recognition

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Historical watermark recognition is a highly practical, yet unsolved challenge for archivists and historians. With a large number of well-defined classes, cluttered and noisy samples, different types of representations, both subtle differences between classes and high intra-class variation, historical watermarks are also challenging for pattern recognition. In this paper, overcoming the difficulty of data collection, we present a large public dataset with more than 6k new photographs, allowing for the first time to tackle at scale the scenarios of practical interest for scholars: one-shot instance recognition and cross-domain one-shot instance recognition amongst more than 16k fine-grained classes. We demonstrate that this new dataset is large enough to train modern deep learning approaches, and show that standard methods can be improved considerably by using mid-level deep features. More precisely, we design both a matching score and a feature fine-tuning strategy based on filtering local matches using spatial consistency. This consistency-based approach provides important performance boost compared to strong baselines. Our model achieves 55\% as top-1 accuracy on our very challenging 16,753-class one-shot cross-domain recognition task, each class described by a single drawing from the classic Briquet catalog. In addition to watermark classification, we show our approach provides promising results on fine-grained sketch-based image retrieval.

Improving Image Matching with Varied Illumination

Sarah Braeger, Hassan Foroosh
Track 5: Image and Signal Processing
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 16:00 in session PS T5.6

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Auto-TLDR; Optimizing Feature Matching for Stereo Image Pairs by Stereo Illumination

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We present a method to maximize feature matching performance across stereo image pairs by varying illumination. We perform matching between views per lighting condition, finding unique SIFT correspondences for each condition. These feature matches are then collected together into a single set, selecting those features which present the highest quality match. Instead of capturing each view under each illumination, we approximate lighting changes with a pretrained relighting convo- lutional neural network which only requires each view captured under a single specified lighting condition. We then collect the best of these feature matches over all lighting conditions offered by the relighting network. We further present an optimization to limit the number of lighting conditions evaluated to gain a specified number of matches. Our method is evaluated on a set of indoor scenes excluded from training the network with comparison to features extracted from pretrained VGG16. Our method offers an average 5.5× improvement in number of correct matches while retaining similar precision than by the original lit image pair per scene alone.

DUET: Detection Utilizing Enhancement for Text in Scanned or Captured Documents

Eun-Soo Jung, Hyeonggwan Son, Kyusam Oh, Yongkeun Yun, Soonhwan Kwon, Min Soo Kim
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Text Detection for Document Images Using Synthetic and Real Data

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We present a novel approach to text detection for document images. For robust text detection of noisy scanned or captured document images, the advantages of multi-task learning are adopted by adding an auxiliary task of text enhancement. Consequently, our proposed model trains reducing noise and enhancing text regions as well as detecting text. To overcome the insufficiency of document image data for text detection, train data for our model are enriched with synthesized document images that are fully labeled for text detection and enhancement. For the effective use of synthetic and real data, the proposed model is trained in two phases. The first phase is training only synthetic data in a fully-supervised manner. Then real data with only detection labels are added in the second phase. The enhancement task for real data is weakly-supervised with information from detection labels. Our methods are demonstrated on a real document dataset with performances exceeding those of other methods. Also, we conducted ablations to analyze effects of the synthetic data, multi-task, and weak-supervision. Whereas the existing text detection studies mostly focus on the text in scenes, our proposed method is optimized to the applications for the text in scanned or captured documents.

Fusion of Global-Local Features for Image Quality Inspection of Shipping Label

Sungho Suh, Paul Lukowicz, Yong Oh Lee
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Thu 14 Jan 2021 at 12:00 in session PS T4.3

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Auto-TLDR; Input Image Quality Verification for Automated Shipping Address Recognition and Verification

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The demands of automated shipping address recognition and verification have increased to handle a large number of packages and to save costs associated with misdelivery. A previous study proposed a deep learning system where the shipping address is recognized and verified based on a camera image capturing the shipping address and barcode area. Because the system performance depends on the input image quality, inspection of input image quality is necessary for image preprocessing. In this paper, we propose an input image quality verification method combining global and local features. Object detection and scale-invariant feature transform in different feature spaces are developed to extract global and local features from several independent convolutional neural networks. The conditions of shipping label images are classified by fully connected fusion layers with concatenated global and local features. The experimental results regarding real captured and generated images show that the proposed method achieves better performance than other methods. These results are expected to improve the shipping address recognition and verification system by applying different image preprocessing steps based on the classified conditions.

Trainable Spectrally Initializable Matrix Transformations in Convolutional Neural Networks

Michele Alberti, Angela Botros, Schuetz Narayan, Rolf Ingold, Marcus Liwicki, Mathias Seuret
Track 1: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning for Pattern Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 15:00 in session PS T1.2

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Auto-TLDR; Trainable and Spectrally Initializable Matrix Transformations for Neural Networks

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In this work, we introduce a new architectural component to Neural Networks (NN), i.e., trainable and spectrally initializable matrix transformations on feature maps. While previous literature has already demonstrated the possibility of adding static spectral transformations as feature processors, our focus is on more general trainable transforms. We study the transforms in various architectural configurations on four datasets of different nature: from medical (ColorectalHist, HAM10000) and natural (Flowers) images to historical documents (CB55). With rigorous experiments that control for the number of parameters and randomness, we show that networks utilizing the introduced matrix transformations outperform vanilla neural networks. The observed accuracy increases appreciably across all datasets. In addition, we show that the benefit of spectral initialization leads to significantly faster convergence, as opposed to randomly initialized matrix transformations. The transformations are implemented as auto-differentiable PyTorch modules that can be incorporated into any neural network architecture. The entire code base is open-source.

CDeC-Net: Composite Deformable Cascade Network for Table Detection in Document Images

Madhav Agarwal, Ajoy Mondal, C. V. Jawahar
Track 4: Document and Media Analysis
Tue 12 Jan 2021 at 14:00 in session OS T4.1

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Auto-TLDR; CDeC-Net: An End-to-End Trainable Deep Network for Detecting Tables in Document Images

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Localizing page elements/objects such as tables, figures, equations, etc. is the primary step in extracting information from document images. We propose a novel end-to-end trainable deep network, (CDeC-Net) for detecting tables present in the documents. The proposed network consists of a multistage extension of Mask R-CNN with a dual backbone having deformable convolution for detecting tables varying in scale with high detection accuracy at higher IoU threshold. We empirically evaluate CDeC-Net on all the publicly available benchmark datasets— ICDAR-2013, ICDAR-2017, ICDAR-2019, UNLV, Marmot, PubLayNet, TableBank, and IIIT-AR-13K —with extensive experiments. Our solution has three important properties:(i) a single trained model CDeC-Net‡ performs well across all the popular benchmark datasets; (ii) we report excellent performances across multiple, including higher, thresholds of IoU; (iii) by following the same protocol of the recent papers for each of the benchmarks, we consistently demonstrate the superior quantitative performance. Our code and models will be publicly released for enabling reproducibility of the results.