Illumination-aware Multi-task GANs for Foreground Segmentation

Sakkos, Dimitrios, Ho, Edmond S. L. and Shum, Hubert P. H. (2019) Illumination-aware Multi-task GANs for Foreground Segmentation. IEEE Access, 7. pp. 10976-10986. ISSN 2169-3536

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Abstract

Foreground-background segmentation has been an active research area over the years. However, conventional models fail to produce accurate results when challenged with the videos of challenging illumination conditions. In this paper, we present a robust model that allows accurately extracting the foreground even in exceptionally dark or bright scenes and in continuously varying illumination in a video sequence. This is accomplished by a triple multi-task generative adversarial network (TMT-GAN) that effectively models the semantic relationship between the dark and bright images and performs binary segmentation end-to-end. Our contribution is twofold: first, we show that by jointly optimizing the GAN loss and the segmentation loss, our network simultaneously learns both tasks that mutually benefit each other. Second, fusing features of images with varying illumination into the segmentation branch vastly improve the performance of the network. Comparative evaluations on highly challenging real and synthetic benchmark datasets (ESI and SABS) demonstrate the robustness of TMT-GAN and its superiority over state-of-the-art approaches.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 15:24
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 06:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37438

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