Content-Based Image Retrieval with LIRe and SURF on a Smartphone-Based Product Image Database

  • Kai Chen
  • Jean Hennebert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8495)


We present the evaluation of a product identification task using the LIRe system and SURF (Speeded-Up Robust Features) for content-based image retrieval (CBIR). The evaluation is performed on the Fribourg Product Image Database (FPID) that contains more than 3’000 pictures of consumer products taken using mobile phone cameras in realistic conditions. Using the evaluation protocol proposed with FPID, we explore the performance of different preprocessing and feature extraction. We observe that by using SURF, we can improve significantly the performance on this task. Image resizing and Lucene indexing are used in order to speed up CBIR task with SURF. We also show the benefit of using simple preprocessing of the images such as a proportional cropping of the images. The experiments demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method for the product identification task.


product identification CBIR smartphone-based image database FPID benchmarking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai Chen
    • 1
  • Jean Hennebert
    • 2
  1. 1.DIVA-DIUFUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  2. 2.HES-SO//FRUniversity of Applied SciencesFribourgSwitzerland

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