SniffyArt: The Dataset of Smelling Persons

Zinnen M, Hussian A, Tran TMH, Madhu P, Maier A, Christlein V (2023)

Publication Type: Conference contribution

Publication year: 2023

Pages Range: 49-58

Conference Proceedings Title: Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on AnalySis, Understanding and ProMotion of HeritAge Contents

Event location: Ottawa ON, Canada


DOI: 10.1145/3607542.3617357


Smell gestures play a crucial role in the investigation of past smells in the visual arts yet their automated recognition poses significant challenges. This paper introduces the SniffyArt dataset, consisting of 1941 individuals represented in 441 historical artworks. Each person is annotated with a tightly fitting bounding box, 17 pose keypoints, and a gesture label. By integrating these annotations, the dataset enables the development of hybrid classification approaches for smell gesture recognition. The dataset's high-quality human pose estimation keypoints are achieved through the merging of five separate sets of keypoint annotations per person. The paper also presents a baseline analysis, evaluating the performance of representative algorithms for detection, keypoint estimation, and classification tasks, showcasing the potential of combining keypoint estimation with smell gesture classification. The SniffyArt dataset lays a solid foundation for future research and the exploration of multi-task approaches leveraging pose keypoints and person boxes to advance human gesture and olfactory dimension analysis in historical artworks.

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Zinnen, M., Hussian, A., Tran, T.M.H., Madhu, P., Maier, A., & Christlein, V. (2023). SniffyArt: The Dataset of Smelling Persons. In Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on AnalySis, Understanding and ProMotion of HeritAge Contents (pp. 49-58). Ottawa ON, Canada.


Zinnen, Mathias, et al. "SniffyArt: The Dataset of Smelling Persons." Proceedings of the SUMAC '23: Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on analySis, Understanding and proMotion of heritAge Contents, Ottawa ON, Canada 2023. 49-58.

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