Best paper at INTETAIN 2015

The paper “Wearable Vision for Retrieving Architectural Details in Augmented Tourist Experiences” by Stefano Alletto, Davide Abati, Giuseppe Serra and Rita Cucchiara was awarded the best paper award at INTETAIN in Turin. In this paper we propose an egocentric vision system to enhance tourists’ cultural heritage experience. Exploiting a wearable board and a glass-mounted camera, the visitor can retrieve architectural details of the historical building he is observing and receive related multimedia contents. To obtain an effective retrieval procedure we propose a visual descriptor based on the covariance of local features. Differently than the common Bag of Words approaches our feature vector does not rely on a generated visual vocabulary, removing the dependence from a specific dataset and obtaining a reduction of the computational cost. 3D modeling is used to achieve a precise visitor’s localization that allows browsing visible relevant details that the user may otherwise miss. Experimental results conducted on a publicly available cultural heritage dataset show that the proposed feature descriptor outperforms Bag of Words techniques.