Learning and Recognition In Natural Environments


Pentland, A., & Bolles, R. (1989). Learning and recognition in natural environments. Robotics Science, 1, 164.


We present a system for learning descriptions of objects, and for subsequently recognizing learned objects, that functions in outdoor, natural environments. We describe in detail two modes of functioning within this system: (1) unguided, bottom-up learning of object descriptions directly from image data; (2) top-down recognition of objects whose approximate position and structure are known by use of image-level matching. We then argue that the system’s performance in these two modes indicates that robust outdoor performance can be achieved within the structure of our vision system.

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