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Temporal Transductive Inference for Few-Shot Video Object Segmentation

by   Mennatullah Siam, et al.

Few-shot video object segmentation (FS-VOS) aims at segmenting video frames using a few labelled examples of classes not seen during initial training. In this paper, we present a simple but effective temporal transductive inference (TTI) approach that leverages temporal consistency in the unlabelled video frames during few-shot inference. Key to our approach is the use of both global and local temporal constraints. The objective of the global constraint is to learn consistent linear classifiers for novel classes across the image sequence, whereas the local constraint enforces the proportion of foreground/background regions in each frame to be coherent across a local temporal window. These constraints act as spatiotemporal regularizers during the transductive inference to increase temporal coherence and reduce overfitting on the few-shot support set. Empirically, our model outperforms state-of-the-art meta-learning approaches in terms of mean intersection over union on YouTube-VIS by 2.8 that are exhaustively labelled (i.e. all object occurrences are labelled, unlike the currently available), and present a more realistic evaluation paradigm that targets data distribution shift between training and testing sets. Our empirical results and in-depth analysis confirm the added benefits of the proposed spatiotemporal regularizers to improve temporal coherence and overcome certain overfitting scenarios.


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