Learning invariant features through topographic filter maps

Koray Kavukcuoglu, Marc'Aurelio Ranzato, Rob Fergus, Yann LeCun

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Abstract

Several recently-proposed architectures for highperformance object recognition are composed of two main stages: a feature extraction stage that extracts locallyinvariant feature vectors from regularly spaced image patches, and a somewhat generic supervised classifier. The first stage is often composed of three main modules: (1) a bank of filters (often oriented edge detectors); (2) a non-linear transform, such as a point-wise squashing functions, quantization, or normalization; (3) a spatial pooling operation which combines the outputs of similar filters over neighboring regions. We propose a method that automatically learns such feature extractors in an unsupervised fashion by simultaneously learning the filters and the pooling units that combine multiple filter outputs together. The method automatically generates topographic maps of similar filters that extract features of orientations, scales, and positions. These similar filters are pooled together, producing locally-invariant outputs. The learned feature descriptors give comparable results as SIFT on image recognition tasks for which SIFT is well suited, and better results than SIFT on tasks for which SIFT is less well suited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPR Workshops 2009
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1605-1612
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781424439935
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2009Jun 25 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPR Workshops 2009
Volume2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and ...

Conference

Conference2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period6/20/096/25/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Biomedical Engineering

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