Visual Tactile Fusion Object Clustering


  • Tao Zhang Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Yang Cong Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Gan Sun Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Qianqian Wang Xidian University
  • Zhenming Ding Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis



Object clustering, aiming at grouping similar objects into one cluster with an unsupervised strategy, has been extensively-studied among various data-driven applications. However, most existing state-of-the-art object clustering methods (e.g., single-view or multi-view clustering methods) only explore visual information, while ignoring one of most important sensing modalities, i.e., tactile information which can help capture different object properties and further boost the performance of object clustering task. To effectively benefit both visual and tactile modalities for object clustering, in this paper, we propose a deep Auto-Encoder-like Non-negative Matrix Factorization framework for visual-tactile fusion clustering. Specifically, deep matrix factorization constrained by an under-complete Auto-Encoder-like architecture is employed to jointly learn hierarchical expression of visual-tactile fusion data, and preserve the local structure of data generating distribution of visual and tactile modalities. Meanwhile, a graph regularizer is introduced to capture the intrinsic relations of data samples within each modality. Furthermore, we propose a modality-level consensus regularizer to effectively align the visual and tactile data in a common subspace in which the gap between visual and tactile data is mitigated. For the model optimization, we present an efficient alternating minimization strategy to solve our proposed model. Finally, we conduct extensive experiments on public datasets to verify the effectiveness of our framework.




How to Cite

Zhang, T., Cong, Y., Sun, G., Wang, Q., & Ding, Z. (2020). Visual Tactile Fusion Object Clustering. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(06), 10426-10433.



AAAI Technical Track: Robotics