Where's Waldo: Matching People in Images of Crowds

Deva Ramanan
Steven M. Seitz
Noah Snavely
Proc. IEEE Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition(2011), pp. 1793-1800


Given a community-contributed set of photos of a crowded public event, this paper addresses the problem of finding all images of each person in the scene. This problem is very challenging due to large changes in camera viewpoints, severe occlusions, low resolution and photos from tens or hundreds of different photographers. Despite these challenges, the problem is made tractable by exploiting a variety of visual and contextual cues – appearance, timestamps, camera pose and co-occurrence of people. This paper demonstrates an approach that integrates these cues to enable high quality person matching in community photo collections downloaded from Flickr.com

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