This work proposes a robotic object recognition
system that takes advantage of the contextual information latent
in human-like environments in an online fashion. To fully leverage
context, it is needed perceptual information from (at least) a
portion of the scene containing the objects of interest, which could
not be entirely covered by just an one-shot sensor observation.
Information from a larger portion of the scenario could still
be considered by progressively registering observations, but this
approach experiences difficulties under some circumstances, e.g.
limited and heavily demanded computational resources, dynamic
environments, etc. Instead of this, the proposed recognition
system relies on an anchoring process for the fast registration
and propagation of objects’ features and locations beyond the
current sensor frustum. In this way, the system builds a graphbased
world model containing the objects in the scenario (both
in the current and previously perceived shots), which is exploited
by a Probabilistic Graphical Model (PGM) in order to leverage
contextual information during recognition. We also propose a
novel way to include the outcome of local object recognition
methods in the PGM, which results in a decrease in the usually
high CRF learning complexity. A demonstration of our proposal
has been conducted employing a dataset captured by a mobile
robot from restaurant-like settings, showing promising results.