Show, Match and Segment: Joint Learning of Semantic Matching and Object Co-segmentation

Yun-Chun Chen, Yen-Yu Lin, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Jia-Bin Huang

We present an approach for jointly matching and segmenting object instances of the same category within a collection of images. In contrast to existing algorithms that tackle the tasks of semantic matching and object co-segmentation in isolation, our method exploits the complementary nature of the two tasks. The key insights of our method are two-fold. First, the estimated dense correspondence field from semantic matching provides supervision for object co-segmentation by enforcing consistency between the predicted masks from a pair of images. Second, the predicted object masks from object co-segmentation in turn allow us to reduce the adverse effects due to background clutters for improving semantic matching. Our model is end-to-end trainable and does not require supervision from manually annotated correspondences and object masks. We validate the efficacy of our approach on four benchmark datasets: TSS, Internet, PF-PASCAL, and PF-WILLOW, and show that our algorithm performs favorably against the state-of-the-art methods on both semantic matching and object co-segmentation tasks.

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