Predicting Saliency Beyond Pixels

TitlePredicting Saliency Beyond Pixels
Publication TypeDataset
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsXu, J, Jiang, M, Wang, S, Kankanhalli, M, Zhao, Q
Date Published01/2014

A large body of previous models to predict where people look in natural scenes focused on pixel-level image attributes. To bridge the semantic gap between the predictive power of computational saliency models and human behavior, we propose a new saliency architecture that incorporates information at three layers: pixel-level image attributes, object-level attributes, and semantic-level attributes. Object- and semantic-level information is frequently ignored, or only a few sample object categories are discussed where scaling to a large number of object categories is not feasible nor neurally plausible. To address this problem, this work constructs a principled vocabulary of basic attributes to describe object- and semantic-level information thus not restricting to a limited number of object categories. We build a new dataset of 700 images with eye-tracking data of 15 viewers and annotation data of 5551 segmented objects with fine contours and 12 semantic attributes. Experimental results demonstrate the importance of the object- and semantic-level information in the prediction of visual attention.

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