Palette Power: Enabling Visual Search through Colors

Palette Power: Enabling Visual Search through Colors
Anurag Bhardwaj, Atish DasSarma, Wei Di, Raffay Hamid, Robinson Piramuthu, Neel Sundaresan
eBay Authors

xplosion of mobile devices with cameras, online search has moved beyond text to other modalities like images, voice, and writing. For many applications like Fashion, image-based search offers a compelling interface as compared to text forms by better capturing the visual attributes.

In this paper we present a simple and fast search algorithm that uses color as the main feature for building visual search. We show that low level cues such as color can be used to quantify image similarity and also to discriminate among products with different visual appearances.

We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach through a mobile shopping application (eBay Fashion App available at and eBay image swatch is the feature indexing millions of real world fashion images).

Our approach outperforms several other state-of-the-art image retrieval algorithms for large scale image data.

Another publication from the same author: Robinson Piramuthu

WACV, March, 2016

Fashion Apparel Detection: The Role of Deep Convolutional Neural Network and Pose-dependent Priors

Kota Hara, Vignesh Jagadeesh, Robinson Piramuthu

In this work, we propose and address a new computer vision task, which we call fashion item detection, where the aim is to detect various fashion items a person in the image is wearing or carrying. The types of fashion items we consider in this work include hat, glasses, bag, pants, shoes and so on.

The detection of fashion items can be an important first step of various e-commerce applications for fashion industry. Our method is based on state-of-the-art object detection method which combines object proposal methods with a Deep Convolutional Neural Network.

Since the locations of fashion items are in strong correlation with the locations of body joints positions, we incorporate contextual information from body poses in order to improve the detection performance. Through the experiments, we demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Another publication from the same category: Computer Vision

Mathematics in Image Formation and Processing, July 2000

Statistical proximal point methods for image reconstruction

A.O. Hero, S. Crétien and Robinson Piramuthu