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Augmented Reality Meets Deep Learning for Car Instance Segmentation in Urban Scenes


Conference Paper


The success of deep learning in computer vision is based on the availability of large annotated datasets. To lower the need for hand labeled images, virtually rendered 3D worlds have recently gained popularity. Unfortunately, creating realistic 3D content is challenging on its own and requires significant human effort. In this work, we propose an alternative paradigm which combines real and synthetic data for learning semantic instance segmentation models. Exploiting the fact that not all aspects of the scene are equally important for this task, we propose to augment real-world imagery with virtual objects of the target category. Capturing real-world images at large scale is easy and cheap, and directly provides real background appearances without the need for creating complex 3D models of the environment. We present an efficient procedure to augment these images with virtual objects. This allows us to create realistic composite images which exhibit both realistic background appearance as well as a large number of complex object arrangements. In contrast to modeling complete 3D environments, our data augmentation approach requires only a few user interactions in combination with 3D shapes of the target object category. We demonstrate the utility of the proposed approach for training a state-of-the-art high-capacity deep model for semantic instance segmentation. In particular, we consider the task of segmenting car instances on the KITTI dataset which we have annotated with pixel-accurate ground truth. Our experiments demonstrate that models trained on augmented imagery generalize better than those trained on synthetic data or models trained on limited amounts of annotated real data.

Author(s): Hassan Abu Alhaija and Siva Karthik Mustikovela and Lars Mescheder and Andreas Geiger and Carsten Rother
Book Title: Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference 2017
Year: 2017
Month: September

Department(s): Autonomous Vision
Research Project(s): Geometric Image Synthesis
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference

Event Name: Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference 2017
Event Place: London, UK

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  title = {Augmented Reality Meets Deep Learning for Car Instance Segmentation in Urban Scenes},
  author = {Alhaija, Hassan Abu and Mustikovela, Siva Karthik and Mescheder, Lars and Geiger, Andreas and Rother, Carsten},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference 2017},
  month = sep,
  year = {2017},
  month_numeric = {9}