Abstract: Person re-identification is an important topic in retail, scene monitoring, human-computer interaction, people counting, ambient assisted living and many other application fields. A dataset for person re-identification TVPR (Top View Person Re-Identification) based on a number of significant features derived from both depth and color images has been previously built. This dataset uses an RGB-D camera in a top-view configuration to extract anthropometric features for the recognition of people in view of the camera, reducing the problem of occlusions while being privacy preserving. In this paper, we introduce a machine learning method for person re-identification using the TVPR dataset. In particular, we propose the combination of multiple k-nearest neighbor classifiers based on different distance functions and feature subsets derived from depth and color images. Moreover, the neighborhood component feature selection is used to learn the depth features’ weighting vector by minimizing the leave-one-out regularized training error. The classification process is performed by selecting the first passage under the camera for training and using the others as the testing set. Experimental results show that the proposed methodology outperforms standard supervised classifiers widely used for the re-identification task. This improvement encourages the application of this approach in the retail context in order to improve retail analytics, customer service and shopping space management.
Authors: Marina Paolanti, Luca Romeo, Daniele Liciotti, Rocco Pietrini, Annalisa Cenci, Emanuele Frontoni, and Primo Zingaretti (Università Politecnica delle Marche – Dipartimento dell’ingegneria dell’informazione)