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Issue No. 12 - December (2009 vol. 31)
ISSN: 0162-8828
pp: 2129-2142
Christoph H. Lampert , Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen
Matthew B. Blaschko , University of Oxford, Oxford
Thomas Hofmann , Google Inc., Zurich
Most successful object recognition systems rely on binary classification, deciding only if an object is present or not, but not providing information on the actual object location. To estimate the object's location, one can take a sliding window approach, but this strongly increases the computational cost because the classifier or similarity function has to be evaluated over a large set of candidate subwindows. In this paper, we propose a simple yet powerful branch and bound scheme that allows efficient maximization of a large class of quality functions over all possible subimages. It converges to a globally optimal solution typically in linear or even sublinear time, in contrast to the quadratic scaling of exhaustive or sliding window search. We show how our method is applicable to different object detection and image retrieval scenarios. The achieved speedup allows the use of classifiers for localization that formerly were considered too slow for this task, such as SVMs with a spatial pyramid kernel or nearest-neighbor classifiers based on the \chi^2 distance. We demonstrate state-of-the-art localization performance of the resulting systems on the UIUC Cars data set, the PASCAL VOC 2006 data set, and in the PASCAL VOC 2007 competition.
Object localization, sliding window, global optimization, branch and bound.

M. B. Blaschko, C. H. Lampert and T. Hofmann, "Efficient Subwindow Search: A Branch and Bound Framework for Object Localization," in IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence, vol. 31, no. , pp. 2129-2142, 2009.
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