Weakly and Semi Supervised Human Body Part Parsing via Pose-Guided Knowledge Transfer

Hao-Shu Fang, Guansong Lu, Xiaolin Fang, Jianwen Xie, Yu-Wing Tai, Cewu Lu; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 70-78

Abstract


Human body part parsing, or human semantic part segmentation, is fundamental to many computer vision tasks. In conventional semantic segmentation methods, the ground truth segmentations are provided, and fully convolutional networks (FCN) are trained in an end-to-end scheme. Although these methods have demonstrated impressive results, their performance highly depends on the quantity and quality of training data. In this paper, we present a novel method to generate synthetic human part segmentation data using easily-obtained human keypoint annotations. Our key idea is to exploit the anatomical similarity among human to transfer the parsing results of a person to another person with similar pose. Using these estimated results as additional training data, our semi-supervised model outperforms its strong-supervised counterpart by 6 mIOU on the PASCAL-Person-Part dataset, and we achieve state-of-the-art human parsing results. Our approach is general and can be readily extended to other object/animal parsing task assuming that their anatomical similarity can be annotated by keypoints. The proposed model and accompanying source code will be made publicly available.

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[bibtex]
@InProceedings{Fang_2018_CVPR,
author = {Fang, Hao-Shu and Lu, Guansong and Fang, Xiaolin and Xie, Jianwen and Tai, Yu-Wing and Lu, Cewu},
title = {Weakly and Semi Supervised Human Body Part Parsing via Pose-Guided Knowledge Transfer},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}
}