CA-SSL: Class-Agnostic Semi-Supervised Learning for Detection and Segmentation

Lu Qi, Jason Kuen, Zhe Lin, Jiuxiang Gu, Fengyun Rao, Dian Li, Weidong Guo, Zhen Wen, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Jiaya Jia ;


"To improve instance-level detection/segmentation performance, existing self-supervised and semi-supervised methods extract either very task-unrelated or very task-specific training signals from unlabeled data. We argue that these two approaches, at the two extreme ends of the task-specificity spectrum, are suboptimal for the task performance. Utilizing too little task-specific training signals causes underfitting to the ground-truth labels of downstream tasks, while the opposite causes overfitting to the ground-truth labels. To this end, we propose a novel Class-Agnostic Semi-Supervised Learning (CA-SSL) framework to achieve a more favorable task-specificity balance in extracting training signals from unlabeled data. CA-SSL has three training stages that act on either ground-truth labels (labeled data) or pseudo labels (unlabeled data). This decoupling strategy avoids the complicated scheme in traditional SSL methods that balances the contributions from both data types. Especially, we introduce a warmup training stage to achieve a more optimal balance in task specificity by ignoring class information in the pseudo labels, while preserving localization training signals. As a result, our warmup model can better avoid underfitting/overfitting when fine-tuned on the ground-truth labels in detection and segmentation tasks. Using 3.6M unlabeled data, we achieve a remarkable performance gain of 4.7% over ImageNet-pretrained baseline on FCOS object detection. Also, our warmup model demonstrates excellent transferability to other detection and segmentation frameworks."

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