HERS Superpixels: Deep Affinity Learning for Hierarchical Entropy Rate Segmentation

06/07/2021 ∙ by Hankui Peng, et al. ∙ 0

Superpixels serve as a powerful preprocessing tool in many computer vision tasks. By using superpixel representation, the number of image primitives can be largely reduced by orders of magnitudes. The majority of superpixel methods use handcrafted features, which usually do not translate well into strong adherence to object boundaries. A few recent superpixel methods have introduced deep learning into the superpixel segmentation process. However, none of these methods is able to produce superpixels in near real-time, which is crucial to the applicability of a superpixel method in practice. In this work, we propose a two-stage graph-based framework for superpixel segmentation. In the first stage, we introduce an efficient Deep Affinity Learning (DAL) network that learns pairwise pixel affinities by aggregating multi-scale information. In the second stage, we propose a highly efficient superpixel method called Hierarchical Entropy Rate Segmentation (HERS). Using the learned affinities from the first stage, HERS builds a hierarchical tree structure that can produce any number of highly adaptive superpixels instantaneously. We demonstrate, through visual and numerical experiments, the effectiveness and efficiency of our method compared to various state-of-the-art superpixel methods.

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