Knowing Depth Quality In Advance: A Depth Quality Assessment Method For RGB-D Salient Object Detection

7 Aug 2020  ·  Xuehao Wang, Shuai Li, Chenglizhao Chen, Aimin Hao, Hong Qin ·

Previous RGB-D salient object detection (SOD) methods have widely adopted deep learning tools to automatically strike a trade-off between RGB and D (depth), whose key rationale is to take full advantage of their complementary nature, aiming for a much-improved SOD performance than that of using either of them solely. However, such fully automatic fusions may not always be helpful for the SOD task because the D quality itself usually varies from scene to scene. It may easily lead to a suboptimal fusion result if the D quality is not considered beforehand. Moreover, as an objective factor, the D quality has long been overlooked by previous work. As a result, it is becoming a clear performance bottleneck. Thus, we propose a simple yet effective scheme to measure D quality in advance, the key idea of which is to devise a series of features in accordance with the common attributes of high-quality D regions. To be more concrete, we conduct D quality assessments for each image region, following a multi-scale methodology that includes low-level edge consistency, mid-level regional uncertainty and high-level model variance. All these components will be computed independently and then be assembled with RGB and D features, applied as implicit indicators, to guide the selective fusion. Compared with the state-of-the-art fusion schemes, our method can achieve a more reasonable fusion status between RGB and D. Specifically, the proposed D quality measurement method achieves steady performance improvements for almost 2.0\% in general.

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