Quaero at TRECVid 2012: Semantic indexing

Bahjat Safadi, Nadia Derbas, Abdelkader Hamadi, Franck Thollard, Georges Quéno, Jonathan Delhumeau, Hervé Jégou, Tobias Gehrig, Hazim Kemal Ekenel, Rainer Stifelhagen

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The Quaero group is a consortium of French and German organizations working on Multimedia Indexing and Retrieval1. LIG, INRIA and KIT participated to the semantic indexing task and LIG participated to the organization of this task. This paper describes these participations. For the semantic indexing task, our approach uses a six-stages processing pipelines for computing scores for the likelihood of a video shot to contain a target concept. These scores are then used for producing a ranked list of images or shots that are the most likely to contain the target concept. The pipeline is composed of the following steps: descriptor extraction, descriptor optimization, classification, fusion of descriptor variants, higher-level fusion, and re-ranking. We used a number of different descriptors and a hierarchical fusion strategy. We also used conceptual feedback by adding a vector of classification score to the pool of descriptors. The best Quaero run has a Mean Inferred Average Precision of 0.2692, which ranked us 3rd out of 16 participants. We also organized the TRECVid SIN 2012 collaborative annotation.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventTREC Video Retrieval Evaluation, TRECVID 2012 - Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Duration: 26 Nov 201228 Nov 2012


ConferenceTREC Video Retrieval Evaluation, TRECVID 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGaithersburg, MD


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