Professor Tsuhan Chen
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

From Low-Level Features to High-Level Semantics: Are We Bridging the Gap?


The performance of a content-based information retrieval (CBIR) system is very subjective and hence user-dependent. To the user, similarity between objects in the database is often high-level and semantic. However, features extracted from objects directly in their digital representations are often low-level features. The gap between low-level features and high-level semantics has been the major obstacle to better retrieval performance.

In this talk we will outline several approaches to bridging the gap between low-level features and high-level semantics, including hidden annotation and relevance feedback. We will present a few specific techniques: active learning, annotation propagation, feature space warping, and semantic metric linking, all aiming at propagating the semantics from some objects to the others.

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