Learning What to Learn for Video Object Segmentation

Goutam Bhat, Felix Järemo Lawin, Martin Danelljan, Andreas Robinson, Michael Felsberg, Luc Van Gool, Radu Timofte ;


Video object segmentation (VOS) is a highly challenging problem, since the target object is only defined by a first-frame reference mask during inference. The problem of how to capture and utilize this limited information to accurately segment the target remains a fundamental research question. We address this by introducing an end-to-end trainable VOS architecture that integrates a differentiable few-shot learner. Our learner is designed to predict a powerful parametric model of the target by minimizing a segmentation error in the first frame. We further go beyond the standard few-shot learning paradigm by learning what our target model should learn in order to maximize segmentation accuracy. We perform extensive experiments on standard benchmarks. Our approach sets a new state-of-the-art on the large-scale YouTube-VOS 2018 dataset by achieving an overall score of 81.5, corresponding to a 2.6% relative improvement over the previous best result. The code and models are available at https://github.com/visionml/pytracking.

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