Efficient Video Object Segmentation via Network Modulation

Linjie Yang, Yanran Wang, Xuehan Xiong, Jianchao Yang, Aggelos K. Katsaggelos; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2018, pp. 6499-6507


Video object segmentation targets segmenting a specific object throughout a video sequence when given only an annotated first frame. Recent deep learning based approaches find it effective to fine-tune a general-purpose segmentation model on the annotated frame using hundreds of iterations of gradient descent. Despite the high accuracy that these methods achieve, the fine-tuning process is inefficient and fails to meet the requirements of real world applications. We propose a novel approach that uses a single forward pass to adapt the segmentation model to the appearance of a specific object. Specifically, a second meta neural network named modulator is trained to manipulate the intermediate layers of the segmentation network given limited visual and spatial information of the target object. The experiments show that our approach is 70 times faster than fine-tuning approaches and achieves similar accuracy.

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author = {Yang, Linjie and Wang, Yanran and Xiong, Xuehan and Yang, Jianchao and Katsaggelos, Aggelos K.},
title = {Efficient Video Object Segmentation via Network Modulation},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2018}