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Leveraging Context to Resolve Identity in Photo Albums

Naaman, Mor and Yeh, Ron B. and Garcia-Molina, Hector and Paepcke, Andreas (2005) Leveraging Context to Resolve Identity in Photo Albums. In: Fifth ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2005), Jne 7-11, 2005, Denver, Colorado.


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Our system suggests likely identity labels for photographs in a personal photo collection. Instead of using face recognition techniques, the system leverages automatically available context, like the time and location where the photos were taken. Based on time and location, the system automatically computes event and location groupings of photos. As the user annotates some of the identities of people in their collection, patterns of re-occurrence and co-occurrence of different people in different locations and events emerge. The system uses these patterns to generate label suggestions for identities that were not yet annotated. These suggestions can greatly accelerate the process of manual annotation and improve the quality of retrieval from the collection. We obtained ground-truth identity annotation for four different photo albums, and used them to test our system. The system proved effective, making very accurate label suggestions, even when the number of suggestions for each photo was limited to five names, and even when only a small subset of the photos was annotated.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:geo-referenced digital photos, face recognition, photo collections, context
Subjects:Computer Science > Digital Libraries
Projects:Digital Libraries
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:772
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:11 Apr 2005 17:00
Last Modified:22 Dec 2008 18:33

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