A Mutual Learning Method for Salient Object Detection With Intertwined Multi-Supervision

Runmin Wu, Mengyang Feng, Wenlong Guan, Dong Wang, Huchuan Lu, Errui Ding; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 8150-8159

Abstract


Though deep learning techniques have made great progress in salient object detection recently, the predicted saliency maps still suffer from incomplete predictions due to the internal complexity of objects and inaccurate boundaries caused by strides in convolution and pooling operations. To alleviate these issues, we propose to train saliency detection networks by exploiting the supervision from not only salient object detection, but also foreground contour detection and edge detection. First, we leverage salient object detection and foreground contour detection tasks in an intertwined manner to generate saliency maps with uniform highlight. Second, the foreground contour and edge detection tasks guide each other simultaneously, thereby leading to preciser foreground contour prediction and reducing the local noises for edge prediction. In addition, we develop a novel mutual learning module (MLM) which serves as the building block of our method. Each MLM consists of multiple network branches trained in a mutual learning manner, which improves the performance by a large margin. Extensive experiments on seven challenging datasets demonstrate that the proposed method has delivered state-of-the-art results in both salient object detection and edge detection.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Wu_2019_CVPR,
author = {Wu, Runmin and Feng, Mengyang and Guan, Wenlong and Wang, Dong and Lu, Huchuan and Ding, Errui},
title = {A Mutual Learning Method for Salient Object Detection With Intertwined Multi-Supervision},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}