AAAI Publications, Thirty-First AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Weakly Supervised Semantic Segmentation Using Superpixel Pooling Network
Suha Kwak, Seunghoon Hong, Bohyung Han

Last modified: 2017-02-12


We propose a weakly supervised semantic segmentation algorithm based on deep neural networks, which relies on image-level class labels only. The proposed algorithm alternates between generating segmentation annotations and learning a semantic segmentation network using the generated annotations. A key determinant of success in this framework is the capability to construct reliable initial annotations given image-level labels only. To this end, we propose Superpixel Pooling Network (SPN), which utilizes superpixel segmentation of input image as a pooling layout to reflect low-level image structure for learning and inferring semantic segmentation. The initial annotations generated by SPN are then used to learn another neural network that estimates pixel-wise semantic labels. The architecture of the segmentation network decouples semantic segmentation task into classification and segmentation so that the network learns class-agnostic shape prior from the noisy annotations. It turns out that both networks are critical to improve semantic segmentation accuracy. The proposed algorithm achieves outstanding performance in weakly supervised semantic segmentation task compared to existing techniques on the challenging PASCAL VOC 2012 segmentation benchmark.


semantic segmentation; deep neural network; weakly supervised learning; superpixel

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