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Predicting Good Features for Image Geo-Localization Using Per-Bundle VLAD (Open Access)

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill United States

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We address the problem of recognizing a place depicted in a query image by using a large database of geo-tagged images at a city-scale. In particular, we discover features that are useful for recognizing a place in a data-driven manner, and use this knowledge to predict useful features in a query image prior to the geo-localization process. This allows us to achieve better performance while reducing the number of features. Also, for both learning to predict features and retrieving geo-tagged images from the database, we propose per-bundle vector of locally aggregated descriptors PBVLAD, where each maximally stable region is described by a vector of locally aggregated descriptors VLAD on multiple scale-invariant features detected within the region. Experimental results show the proposed approach achieves a significant improvement over other baseline methods.

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