Scene Context-Aware Salient Object Detection

Avishek Siris, Jianbo Jiao, Gary K.L. Tam, Xianghua Xie, Rynson W.H. Lau; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 4156-4166


Salient object detection identifies objects in an image that grab visual attention. Although contextual features are considered in recent literature, they often fail in real-world complex scenarios. We observe that this is mainly due to two issues: First, most existing datasets consist of simple foregrounds and backgrounds that hardly represent real-life scenarios. Second, current methods only learn contextual features of salient objects, which are insufficient to model high-level semantics for saliency reasoning in complex scenes. To address these problems, we first construct a new large-scale dataset with complex scenes in this paper. We then propose a context-aware learning approach to explicitly exploit the semantic scene contexts. Specifically, two modules are proposed to achieve the goal: 1) a Semantic Scene Context Refinement module to enhance contextual features learned from salient objects with scene context, and 2) a Contextual Instance Transformer to learn contextual relations between objects and scene context. To our knowledge, such high-level semantic contextual information of image scenes is under-explored for saliency detection in the literature. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the proposed approach outperforms state-of-the-art techniques in complex scenarios for saliency detection, and transfers well to other existing datasets. The code and dataset are available at

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@InProceedings{Siris_2021_ICCV, author = {Siris, Avishek and Jiao, Jianbo and Tam, Gary K.L. and Xie, Xianghua and Lau, Rynson W.H.}, title = {Scene Context-Aware Salient Object Detection}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {4156-4166} }