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SipMask: Spatial Information Preservation for Fast Image and Video Instance Segmentation
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2020)
  • Dr Rao Muhammad Anwer, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence
Single-stage instance segmentation approaches have recently gained popularity due to their speed and simplicity, but are still lagging behind in accuracy, compared to two-stage methods. We propose a fast single-stage instance segmentation method, called SipMask, that preserves instance-specific spatial information by separating mask prediction of an instance to different sub-regions of a detected bounding-box. Our main contribution is a novel light-weight spatial preservation (SP) module that generates a separate set of spatial coefficients for each sub-region within a bounding-box, leading to improved mask predictions. It also enables accurate delineation of spatially adjacent instances. Further, we introduce a mask alignment weighting loss and a feature alignment scheme to better correlate mask prediction with object detection. On COCO test-dev, our SipMask outperforms the existing single-stage methods. Compared to the state-of-the-art single-stage TensorMask, SipMask obtains an absolute gain of 1.0% (mask AP), while providing a four-fold speedup. In terms of real-time capabilities, SipMask outperforms YOLACT with an absolute gain of 3.0% (mask AP) under similar settings, while operating at comparable speed on a Titan Xp. We also evaluate our SipMask for real-time video instance segmentation, achieving promising results on YouTube-VIS dataset. The source code is available at
Publication Date
January 1, 2020
Citation Information
J. Cao, R. Anwer, H. Cholakkal, F. Khan, Y. Pang and L. Shao, "SipMask: Spatial Information Preservation for Fast Image and Video Instance Segmentation", Computer Vision – ECCV 2020, pp. 1-18, 2020. Available: 10.1007/978-3-030-58568-6_1