Concept Mask: Large-Scale Segmentation from Semantic Concepts

Yufei Wang, Zhe Lin, Xiaohui Shen, Jianming Zhang, Scott Cohen; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 530-546


Existing works on semantic segmentation typically consider a small number of labels, ranging from tens to a few hundreds. With a large number of labels, training and evaluation of such task become extremely challenging due to correlation between labels and lack of datasets with complete annotations. We formulate semantic segmentation as a problem of image segmentation given a semantic concept, and propose a novel system which can potentially handle an unlimited number of concepts, including objects, parts, stuff, and attributes. We achieve this using a weakly and semi-supervised framework leveraging multiple datasets with different levels of supervision. We first train a deep neural network on a 6M stock image dataset with only image-level labels to learn visual-semantic embedding on 18K concepts. Then, we refine and extend the embedding network to predict an attention map, using a curated dataset with bounding box annotations on 750 concepts. Finally, we train an attention-driven class agnostic segmentation network using an 80-category fully annotated dataset. We perform extensive experiments to validate that the proposed system performs competitively to the state of the art on fully supervised concepts, and is capable of producing accurate segmentations for weakly learned and unseen concepts.

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author = {Wang, Yufei and Lin, Zhe and Shen, Xiaohui and Zhang, Jianming and Cohen, Scott},
title = {Concept Mask: Large-Scale Segmentation from Semantic Concepts},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}