Semantic Video CNNs through Representation Warping

In this work, we propose a technique to convert CNN models for semantic segmentation of static images into CNNs for video data. We describe a warping method that can be used to augment existing architectures with very little extra computational cost. This module is called NetWarp and we demonstrate its use for a range of network architectures. The main design principle is to use optical flow of adjacent frames for warping internal network representations across time. A key insight of this work is that fast optical flow methods can be combined with many different CNN architectures for improved performance and end-to-end training. Experiments validate that the proposed approach incurs only little extra computational cost, while improving performance, when video streams are available. We achieve new state-of-the-art results on the CamVid and Cityscapes benchmark datasets and show consistent improvements over different baseline networks. Our code and models are available at http://segmentation.is.tue.mpg.de .

Authors: 
Raghudeep Gadde (Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems)
Peter V. Gehler (Amazon)
Publication Date: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017