Invited speakers

Benjamin Bustos (University of Chile)

3D Object Retrieval: history and future challenges
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3D object retrieval has been a very active research area during the last decade. This is mainly because of the wide variety of practical application domains that benefit from research in this area, for example cultural heritage, archeology, medicine, entertainment, biology, chemistry, industrial manufacturing, biometry, etc. As a first approach, methods for 3D shape matching and retrieval usually resorted to computing a descriptor (so-called feature vector) that globally described a 3D model. These feature vectors could be used, for example, for implementing a similarity search engine. Due to the nature of these global descriptors, they were not well suited for tasks like partial matching. In more recent years, a large amount of research has been concentrating on defining local descriptors for 3D models, which take into account local characteristics for computing several feature vectors for each model. While most of the research in this area has aimed at the effectiveness of the shape matching, the efficiency problem is still an open problem. In this talk, I will give an overview of the historic and current techniques for 3D Object Retrieval. Also, I will present the SHREC datasets, the de facto standard for evaluating 3D Object Retrieval algorithms. Finally, I will discuss about the future challenges of this fascinating research domain.

Jiri Matas (Czech technical university, Prague)

Beyond Vanilla Visual Retrieval
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The talk will start with a brief overview of the state of the art in visual retrieval of specific objects. The core steps of the standard pipeline will be introduced and recent development improving both precision and recall as well as the memory footprint will be reviewed. Going off the beaten track, I will present a visual retrieval method applicable in conditions when the query and reference images differ significantly in one or more properties like illumination (day, night), the sensor (visible, infrared) , viewpoint, appearance (winter, summer), time of acquisition (historical, current) or the medium (clear, hazy, smoky). In the final part, I will argue that in image-based retrieval it might be often more interesting to look for most *dissimilar* images of the same scene rather than the most similar ones as conventionally done, as especially in large datasets these are just near duplicates.. As an example of such problem formulation, a method efficiently searching for images with the largest scale difference will be presented. A final demo will for instance show that the method finds surprisingly fine details on landmarks, even those that are hardly noticeable for human.

The presentation from professor Jiri Matas is available here.