Stroke-Based Sketched Symbol Reconstruction and Segmentation

Hand-drawn objects usually consist of multiple semantically meaningful parts. For example, a stick figure consists of a head, a torso, and pairs of legs and arms. Efficient and accurate identification of these subparts promises to significantly improve algorithms for stylization, deformation, morphing and animation of 2D drawings. In this paper, we propose a neural network model that segments symbols into stroke-level components. Our segmentation framework has two main elements: a fixed feature extractor and a Multilayer Perceptron (MLP) network that identifies a component based on the feature. As the feature extractor we utilize an encoder of a stroke-rnn, which is our newly proposed generative ariational Auto-Encoder (VAE) model that reconstructs symbols on a stroke by stroke basis. Experiments show that a single encoder could be reused for segmenting multiple categories of sketched symbols with negligible effects on segmentation accuracies. Our segmentation scores surpass existing methodologies on an available small state of the art dataset. Moreover, extensive evaluations on our newly annotated big dataset demonstrate that our framework obtains significantly better accuracies as compared to baseline models. We release the dataset to the community.

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Key Words:
Sketches, Segmentation, Neural Networks

Authors: Kurmanbek Kaiyrbekov, T. Metin Sezgin

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