Visual Place Recognition in Changing Environments with Sequence Representations on the Distance-Space Domain

Navigating in a perpetually changing world can provide the basis for numerous challenging autonomous robotic applications. With a view to long-term autonomy, visual place recognition (vPR) systems should be able to robustly operate under extreme appearance changes in their environment. Typically, the utilized data representations are heavily influenced by those changes, negatively affecting the vPR performance. In this article, we propose a sequence-based technique that decouples such changes from the similarity estimation procedure. This is achieved by remapping the sequential representation data into the distance-space domain, i.e., a domain in which we solely consider the distances between image instances, and subsequently normalize them. In such a way, perturbations related to different environmental conditions and embedded into the original representation vectors are avoided, therefore the scene recognition efficacy is enhanced. We evaluate our framework under multiple different instances, with results indicating a significant performance improvement over other approaches.

Ioannis Tsampikos Papapetros, Ioannis Kansizoglou, Loukas Bampis, Antonios Gasteratos

Publication Date
May 16th, 2023

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