Subcategory-Aware Object Detection

In this letter, we introduce a subcategory-aware object detection framework to detect generic objectclasses with high intra-class variance. Motivated by the observation that the object appearance demonstrates some clustering property, we split the training data into subcategories and train a detector for each subcategory. Since the proposed ensemble of detectors relies heavily on subcategory clustering, we propose an effective subcategories generation method that is tuned for the detectiontask.

More specifically, we first initialize subcategories by constrained spectral clustering based on mid-level image features used in object recognition. Then we jointly learn the ensemble detectors and the latent subcategories in an alternative manner. Our performance on the PASCAL VOC 2007 detectionchallenges and INRIA Person dataset is comparable with state-of-the-art, even with much less computational cost.