Unconstrained salient object detection via proposal subset optimization
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Citation (published version)J Zhang, S Sclaroff, Z Lin, X Shen, B Price, R Mech. 2016. "Unconstrained salient object detection via proposal subset optimization." Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition.
We aim at detecting salient objects in unconstrained images. In unconstrained images, the number of salient objects (if any) varies from image to image, and is not given. We present a salient object detection system that directly outputs a compact set of detection windows, if any, for an input image. Our system leverages a Convolutional-Neural-Network model to generate location proposals of salient objects. Location proposals tend to be highly overlapping and noisy. Based on the Maximum a Posteriori principle, we propose a novel subset optimization framework to generate a compact set of detection windows out of noisy proposals. In experiments, we show that our subset optimization formulation greatly enhances the performance of our system, and our system attains 16-34% relative improvement in Average Precision compared with the state-of-the-art on three challenging salient object datasets.