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The Southampton-York Natural Scenes (SYNS) dataset: statistics of surface attitude

The Southampton-York Natural Scenes (SYNS) dataset: statistics of surface attitude
The Southampton-York Natural Scenes (SYNS) dataset: statistics of surface attitude
Recovering 3D scenes from 2D images is an under-constrained task; optimal estimation depends upon knowledge of the underlying scene statistics. Here we introduce the Southampton-York Natural Scenes dataset (SYNS: https://syns.soton.ac.uk), which provides comprehensive scene statistics useful for understanding biological vision and for improving machine vision systems. In order to capture the diversity of environments that humans encounter, scenes were surveyed at random locations within 25 indoor and outdoor categories. Each survey includes (i) spherical LiDAR range data (ii) high-dynamic range spherical imagery and (iii) a panorama of stereo image pairs. We envisage many uses for the dataset and present one example: an analysis of surface attitude statistics, conditioned on scene category and viewing elevation. Surface normals were estimated using a novel adaptive scale selection algorithm. Across categories, surface attitude below the horizon is dominated by the ground plane (0° tilt). Near the horizon, probability density is elevated at 90°/270° tilt due to vertical surfaces (trees, walls). Above the horizon, probability density is elevated near 0° slant due to overhead structure such as ceilings and leaf canopies. These structural regularities represent potentially useful prior assumptions for human and machine observers, and may predict human biases in perceived surface attitude.
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Graf, Erich
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Leyland, Julian
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Lugtigheid, Arthur
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Leyland, Julian
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Adams, Wendy, Elder, James and Graf, Erich et al. (2016) The Southampton-York Natural Scenes (SYNS) dataset: statistics of surface attitude Scientific Reports, 6, (35805), pp. 1-16. (doi:10.1038/srep35805).

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Abstract

Recovering 3D scenes from 2D images is an under-constrained task; optimal estimation depends upon knowledge of the underlying scene statistics. Here we introduce the Southampton-York Natural Scenes dataset (SYNS: https://syns.soton.ac.uk), which provides comprehensive scene statistics useful for understanding biological vision and for improving machine vision systems. In order to capture the diversity of environments that humans encounter, scenes were surveyed at random locations within 25 indoor and outdoor categories. Each survey includes (i) spherical LiDAR range data (ii) high-dynamic range spherical imagery and (iii) a panorama of stereo image pairs. We envisage many uses for the dataset and present one example: an analysis of surface attitude statistics, conditioned on scene category and viewing elevation. Surface normals were estimated using a novel adaptive scale selection algorithm. Across categories, surface attitude below the horizon is dominated by the ground plane (0° tilt). Near the horizon, probability density is elevated at 90°/270° tilt due to vertical surfaces (trees, walls). Above the horizon, probability density is elevated near 0° slant due to overhead structure such as ceilings and leaf canopies. These structural regularities represent potentially useful prior assumptions for human and machine observers, and may predict human biases in perceived surface attitude.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 October 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 26 October 2016
Published date: 26 October 2016
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 401886
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401886
PURE UUID: 8d2082f5-6c16-446c-8923-a12a662ef2e3
ORCID for Wendy Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5832-1056
ORCID for Erich Graf: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3162-4233
ORCID for Julian Leyland: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3419-9949

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Date deposited: 27 Oct 2016 08:05
Last modified: 03 Oct 2017 16:34

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Author: Wendy Adams ORCID iD
Author: James Elder
Author: Erich Graf ORCID iD
Author: Julian Leyland ORCID iD
Author: Arthur Lugtigheid
Author: Alexander Muryy

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