Reverse Error Modeling for Improved Semantic Segmentation

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We propose the concept of error-reversing autoencoders (ERA) for correcting pixel-wise errors made by an arbitrary semantic segmentation model. For this, we reframe the segmentation model as an error function applied to the ground truth labels. Then, we train an autoencoder to reverse this error function. During testing, the autoencoder reverses the approximated error function to correct the classification errors. We consider two sources of errors. First, we target the errors made by a model despite having being trained with clean, accurately labeled images. In this case, our proposed approach achieves an improvement of around 1% on the Cityscapes data set with the state-of-the-art DeepLabV3+ model. Second, we target errors introduced by compromised images. With JPEG-compressed images as input, our approach improves the segmentation performance by over 70% for high levels of compression. The proposed architecture is simple to implement, fast to train and can be applied to any semantic segmentation model as a post-processing step.

In 29th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing
Markus Hofbauer
Markus Hofbauer
Senior Build Engineer & Associate Lecturer

Senior Build Engineer at Luminar Technologies and Associate Lecturer on Software Engineering at the Technical University of Munich.