Learning Meta-Class Memory for Few-Shot Semantic Segmentation

Zhonghua Wu, Xiangxi Shi, Guosheng Lin, Jianfei Cai; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 517-526


Currently, the state-of-the-art methods treat few-shot semantic segmentation task as a conditional foreground-background segmentation problem, assuming each class is independent. In this paper, we introduce the concept of meta-class, which is the meta information (e.g. certain middle-level features) shareable among all classes. To explicitly learn meta-class representations in few-shot segmentation task, we propose a novel Meta-class Memory based few-shot segmentation method (MM-Net), where we introduce a set of learnable memory embeddings to memorize the meta-class information during the base class training and transfer to novel classes during the inference stage. Moreover, for the k-shot scenario, we propose a novel image quality measurement module to select images from the set of support images. A high-quality class prototype could be obtained with the weighted sum of support image features based on the quality measure. Experiments on both PASCAL-5^i and COCO datasets show that our proposed method is able to achieve state-of-the-art results in both 1-shot and 5-shot settings. Particularly, our proposed MM-Net achieves 37.5% mIoU on the COCO dataset in 1-shot setting, which is 5.1% higher than the previous state-of-the-art.

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@InProceedings{Wu_2021_ICCV, author = {Wu, Zhonghua and Shi, Xiangxi and Lin, Guosheng and Cai, Jianfei}, title = {Learning Meta-Class Memory for Few-Shot Semantic Segmentation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {517-526} }