learning Hierarchical Features for Scene Labeling

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Introduction

Test input: The input into the network was a static image such as the one below:

File:cows in field.png

Training data and desired result: The desired result (which is the same format as the training data given to the network for supervised learning) is an image with large features labelled.

Methodology

Below we can see a flow of the overall approach.

File:yann flow.png

Pre-processing

Before being put into the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) the image is first passed through a Laplacian (which is just the derivative of the Gaussian) image processing pyramid to acquire different scale maps. There were three different scale outputs of the image created, in a similar manner shown in the picture below

Image pyramid.png

Network Architecture

A typical three layer (convolution of kernel with feature map, non-linearity, pooling) CNN architecture was used. The function tanh served as the non-linearity. The kernel being used were 7x7 Toeplitz matrices (matrices with constant values along their diagonals). The pooling operation was performed by the 2x2 max-pool operator.

The same network was applied to all three different sized images. Since the parameters were shared between the networks, the same connection weights were applied to all of the images, thus allowing for the detection of scale-invariant features.

Stochastic gradient descent was used for training the filters. To avoid over-fitting the training images were edited via jitter, horizontal flipping, rotations between +8 and -8, and rescaling between 90 and 110%. The objective function was the cross entropy loss function, [which is a way to take into account the closeness of a prediction into the error https://jamesmccaffrey.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/why-you-should-use-cross-entropy-error-instead-of-classification-error-or-mean-squared-error-for-neural-network-classifier-training/].

Post-Processing

Unlike previous approaches, the emphasis of this scene-labelling method was to rely on a highly accurate pixel labelling system. So, despite the fact that a variety of approaches were attempted, including SuperPixels, Conditional Random Fields and gPb, the simple approach of super-pixels often yielded state of the art results.

Results

The network was tested on the Stanford Background, SIFT Flow and Barcelona datasets.

The Stanford Background dataset shows that super-pixels could achieve state of the art results with minimal processing times.

File:stanford res.png

Since super-pixels were shown to be so effective in the Stanford Dataset, they were the only method of image segmentation used for the SIFT Flow and Barcelona datasets. Instead, exposure of features to the network (whether balanced as super-index 1 or natural as super-index 2) were explored, in conjunction with the [Graph Based Segmentation http://fcv2011.ulsan.ac.kr/files/announcement/413/IJCV(2004)%20Efficient%20Graph-Based%20Image%20Segmentation.pdf] method.

From the sift dataset, it can be seen that the Graph Based Segmentation method offers a significant advantage.

File:sift res.png

In the Barcelona dataset, it can be seen that a dataset with many labels is too difficult for the CNN.

File:barcelona res.png

Future Work

Aside from the usual advances to CNN architecture, such as unsupervised pre-training, rectifying non-linearities and local contrast normalization, there would be a significant benefit, especially in datasets with many variables, to have a semantic understanding of the variables. For example, understanding that a window if often part of a building or a car.