Crossover Learning for Fast Online Video Instance Segmentation

Shusheng Yang, Yuxin Fang, Xinggang Wang, Yu Li, Chen Fang, Ying Shan, Bin Feng, Wenyu Liu; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2021, pp. 8043-8052


Modeling temporal visual context across frames is critical for video instance segmentation (VIS) and other video understanding tasks. In this paper, we propose a fast online VIS model termed CrossVIS. For temporal information modeling in VIS, we present a novel crossover learning scheme that uses the instance feature in the current frame to pixel-wisely localize the same instance in other frames. Different from previous schemes, crossover learning does not require any additional network parameters for feature enhancement. By integrating with the instance segmentation loss, crossover learning enables efficient cross-frame instance-to-pixel relation learning and brings cost-free improvement during inference. Besides, a global balanced instance embedding branch is proposed for better and more stable online instance association. We conduct extensive experiments on three challenging VIS benchmarks, i.e., YouTube-VIS-2019, OVIS, and YouTube-VIS-2021 to evaluate our methods. CrossVIS achieves state-of-the-art online VIS performance and shows a decent trade-off between latency and accuracy. Code is available at

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@InProceedings{Yang_2021_ICCV, author = {Yang, Shusheng and Fang, Yuxin and Wang, Xinggang and Li, Yu and Fang, Chen and Shan, Ying and Feng, Bin and Liu, Wenyu}, title = {Crossover Learning for Fast Online Video Instance Segmentation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)}, month = {October}, year = {2021}, pages = {8043-8052} }