Purdue University Graduate School
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posted on 2019-12-02, 21:54 authored by Zhi LiZhi Li
Machine learning has been revolutionizing our approach to image understanding problems. However, due to the unique nature of the problem, finding suitable data or learning from limited data properly is a constant challenge. In this work, we focus on building machine learning pipelines for fashion and inkjet image analysis with limited data.

We first look into the dire issue of missing and incorrect information on online fashion marketplace. Unlike professional online fashion retailers, sellers on P2P marketplaces tend not to provide correct color categorical information, which is pivotal for fashion shopping. Therefore, to assist users to provide correct color information, we aim to build an image understanding pipeline that can extract garment region in the fashion image and match the color of the fashion item to a pre-defined color categories on the fashion marketplace. To cope with the challenges of lack of suitable data, we propose an autonomous garment color extraction system that uses both clustering and semantic segmentation algorithm to extract the identify fashion garments in the image. In addition, a psychophysical experiment is designed to collect human subjects' color naming schema, and a random forest classifier is trained to given close prediction of color label for the fashion item. Our system is able to perform pixel level segmentation on fashion product portraits and parse human body parts and various fashion categories with human presence.

We also develop an inkjet printing analysis pipeline using pre-trained neural network. Our pipeline is able to learn to perceive print quality, namely high frequency noise level, of the test targets, without intense training. Our research also suggests that in spite of being trained on large scale dataset for object recognition, features generated from neural networks reacts to textural component of the image without any localized features. In addition, we expand our pipeline to printer forensics, and the pipeline is able to identify the printer model by examining the inkjet dot pattern at a microscopic level. Overall, the data-driven computer vision approach presents great value and potential to improve future inkjet imaging technology, even when the data source is limited.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Jan Allebach

Additional Committee Member 2

Fengqing Zhu

Additional Committee Member 3

Amy Reibman

Additional Committee Member 4

Zygmunt Pizlo