Spatially Aware Dictionary Learning and Coding for Fossil Pollen Identification
Shu Kong, Surangi Punyasena, Charless Fowlkes
icon We propose a robust approach for performing automatic species-level recognition of fossil pollen grains in microscopy images that exploits both global shape and local texture characteristics in a patch-based matching methodology. We introduce a novel criteria for selecting meaningful and discriminative exemplar patches. We optimize this function during training using a greedy submodular function optimization framework that gives a near-optimal solution with bounded approximation error. We use these selected exemplars as a dictionary basis and propose a spatially-aware sparse coding method to match testing images for identification while maintaining global shape correspondence. To accelerate the coding process for fast matching, we introduce a relaxed form that uses spatially-aware soft-thresholding during coding. Finally, we carry out an experimental study that demonstrates the effectiveness and efficiency of our exemplar selection and classification mechanisms, achieving 86.13% accuracy on a difficult fine-grained species classification task distinguishing three types of fossil spruce pollen.

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Shu Kong, Surangi Punyasena, and Charless Fowlkes. Spatially aware dictionary learning and coding for fossil pollen identification. In CVPR workshop CVMI. 2016.

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    AUTHOR = "Kong, Shu and Punyasena, Surangi and Fowlkes, Charless",
    TITLE = "Spatially Aware Dictionary Learning and Coding for Fossil Pollen Identification",
    BOOKTITLE = "CVPR workshop CVMI",
    YEAR = "2016",
    tag = "grouping,object_recognision,biological_images"