Weakly Supervised Multi-Object Tracking and Segmentation

Idoia Ruiz, Lorenzo Porzi, Samuel Rota Bulo, Peter Kontschieder, Joan Serrat; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) Workshops, 2021, pp. 125-133


We introduce the problem of weakly supervised Multi-Object Tracking and Segmentation, i.e. joint weakly supervised instance segmentation and multi-object tracking, in which we do not provide any kind of mask annotation. To address it, we design a novel synergistic training strategy by taking advantage of multi-task learning, i.e. classification and tracking tasks guide the training of the unsupervised instance segmentation. For that purpose, we extract weak foreground localization information, provided by Grad-CAM heatmaps, to generate a partial ground truth to learn from. Additionally, RGB image level information is employed to refine the mask prediction at the edges of the objects. We evaluate our method on KITTI MOTS, the most representative benchmark for this task, reducing the performance gap on the MOTSP metric between the fully supervised and weakly supervised approach to just 12% and 12.7% for cars and pedestrians, respectively.

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@InProceedings{Ruiz_2021_WACV, author = {Ruiz, Idoia and Porzi, Lorenzo and Bulo, Samuel Rota and Kontschieder, Peter and Serrat, Joan}, title = {Weakly Supervised Multi-Object Tracking and Segmentation}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) Workshops}, month = {January}, year = {2021}, pages = {125-133} }