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Improved Visual Localization via Graph Smoothing

C. Lassance, Y. Latif, R. Garg, V. Gripon and I. Reid, "Improved Visual Localization via Graph Smoothing," in ArXiv Preprint, 2019.

Vision based localization is the problem of inferring the pose of the camera given a single image. One solution to this problem is to learn a deep neural network to infer the pose of a query image after learning on a dataset of images with known poses. Another more commonly used approach rely on image retrieval where the query image is compared against the database of images and its pose is inferred with the help of the retrieved images. The latter approach assumes that images taken from the same places consists of the same landmarks and, thus would have similar feature representations. These representation can be learned using full supervision to be robust to different variations in capture conditions like time of the day and weather. In this work, we introduce a framework to enhance the performance of these retrieval based localization methods by taking into account the additional information including GPS coordinates and temporal neighbourhood of the images provided by the acquisition process in addition to the descriptor similarity of pairs of images in the reference or query database which is used traditionally for localization. Our method constructs a graph based on this additional information and use it for robust retrieval by smoothing the feature representation of reference and/or query images. We show that the proposed method is able to significantly improve the localization accuracy on two large scale datasets over the baselines.

  author = {Carlos Lassance and Yasir Latif and Ravi
Garg and Vincent Gripon and Ian Reid},
  title = {Improved Visual Localization via Graph
  booktitle = {ArXiv Preprint},
  year = {2019},

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