Computational Visual Media

Article Title

On the role of geometry in geo-localization


geo-localization, geometry, CNN-based solutions, synthetic lean images


Consider the geo-localization task of finding the pose of a camera in a large 3D scene from a single image. Most existing CNN-based methods use as input textured images. We aim to experimentally explore whether texture and correlation between nearby images are necessary in a CNN-based solution for the geo-localization task. To do so, we consider lean images, textureless projections of a simple 3D model of a city. They only contain information related to the geometry of the scene viewed (edges, faces, and relative depth). The main contributions of this paper are: (i) todemonstrate the ability of CNNs to recover camera pose using lean images; and (ii) to provide insight into the role of geometry in the CNN learning process.


Tsinghua University Press