Leveraging Context to Support Automated Food Recognition in Restaurants

IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Hawaii, USA, January 2015

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Vinay Bettadapura
vinay [at] gatech.edu
Edison Thomaz
ethomaz [at] gatech.edu
Aman Parnami
aparnami3 [at] gatech.edu
Gregory Abowd
abowd [at] gatech.edu
Irfan Essa
irfan [at] cc.gatech.edu
School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

The pervasiveness of mobile cameras has resulted in a dramatic increase in food photos, which are pictures reflecting what people eat. In this paper, we study how taking pictures of what we eat in restaurants can be used for the purpose of automating food journaling. We propose to leverage the context of where the picture was taken, with additional information about the restaurant, available online, coupled with state-of-the-art computer vision techniques to recognize the food being consumed. To this end, we demonstrate image-based recognition of foods eaten in restaurants by training a classifier with images from restaurant’s online menu databases. We evaluate the performance of our system in unconstrained, real-world settings with food images taken in 10 restaurants across 5 different types of food (American, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Thai).

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       Author = {Vinay Bettadapura and Edison Thomaz and Aman Parnami and Gregory Abowd and Irfan Essa},
       Booktitle = {Proceedings of IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
       Month = {January},
       Organization = {IEEE},
       Title = {Leveraging Context to Support Automated Food Recognition in Restaurants},
       Year = {2015}

Funding and sponsorship was provided by the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under Contract No. W911NF-11-C-0088 and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Pervasive Computing (ISTCPC). Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors.

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