We develop a system for modeling hand-object interactions in 3D from RGB images that show a hand which is holding a novel object from a known category. We design a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) for Hand-held Object Pose and Shape estimation called HOPS-Net and utilize prior work to estimate the hand pose and configuration. We leverage the insight that information about the hand facilitates object pose and shape estimation by incorporating the hand into both training and inference of the object pose and shape as well as the refinement of the estimated pose. The network is trained on a large synthetic dataset of objects in interaction with a human hand. To bridge the gap between real and synthetic images, we employ an image-to-image translation model (Augmented CycleGAN) that generates realistically textured objects given a synthetic rendering. This provides a scalable way of generating annotated data for training HOPS-Net. Our quantitative experiments show that even noisy hand parameters significantly help object pose and shape estimation. The qualitative experiments show results of pose and shape estimation of objects held by a hand "in the wild".

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This paper studies the problems of vehicle make & model classification. Some of the main challenges are reaching high classification accuracy and reducing the annotation time of the images. To address these problems, we have created a fine-grained database using online vehicle marketplaces of Turkey. A pipeline is proposed to combine an SSD (Single Shot Multibox Detector) model with a CNN (Convolutional Neural Network) model to train on the database. In the pipeline, we first detect the vehicles by following an algorithm which reduces the time for annotation. Then, we feed them into the CNN model. It is reached approximately 4% better classification accuracy result than using a conventional CNN model. Next, we propose to use the detected vehicles as ground truth bounding box (GTBB) of the images and feed them into an SSD model in another pipeline. At this stage, it is reached reasonable classification accuracy result without using perfectly shaped GTBB. Lastly, an application is implemented in a use case by using our proposed pipelines. It detects the unauthorized vehicles by comparing their license plate numbers and make & models. It is assumed that license plates are readable.

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We propose a person detector on omnidirectional images, an accurate method to generate minimal enclosing rectangles of persons. The basic idea is to adapt the qualitative detection performance of a convolutional neural network based method, namely YOLOv2 to fish-eye images. The design of our approach picks up the idea of a state-of-the-art object detector and highly overlapping areas of images with their regions of interests. This overlap reduces the number of false negatives. Based on the raw bounding boxes of the detector we fine-tuned overlapping bounding boxes by three approaches: the non-maximum suppression, the soft non-maximum suppression and the soft non-maximum suppression with Gaussian smoothing. The evaluation was done on the PIROPO database and an own annotated Flat dataset, supplemented with bounding boxes on omnidirectional images. We achieve an average precision of 64.4 % with YOLOv2 for the class person on PIROPO and 77.6 % on Flat. For this purpose we fine-tuned the soft non-maximum suppression with Gaussian smoothing.

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