Learning What to Learn for Video Object Segmentation

Abstract

Video object segmentation (VOS) is a highly challenging problem, since the target object is only defined during inference with a given first-frame reference mask. The problem of how to capture and utilize this limited target information remains a fundamental research question. We address this by introducing an end-to-end trainable VOS architecture that integrates a differentiable few-shot learning module. This internal learner is designed to predict a powerful parametric model of the target by minimizing a segmentation error in the first frame. We further go beyond standard few-shot learning techniques by learning what the few-shot learner should learn. This allows us to achieve a rich internal representation of the target in the current frame, significantly increasing the segmentation accuracy of our approach. We perform extensive experiments on multiple benchmarks. Our approach sets a new state-of-the-art on the large-scale YouTube-VOS 2018 dataset by achieving an overall score of 81.5, corresponding to a 2.6% relative improvement over the previous best result.

Publication
In European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020
Goutam Bhat
Goutam Bhat
PhD Student, ETH Zurich
Martin Danelljan
Martin Danelljan
Researcher

Researcher in Computer Vision and Machine Learning at ETH Zurich

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