Shared Coupling-bridge for Weakly Supervised Local Feature Learning

14 Dec 2022  ·  Jiayuan Sun, Jiewen Zhu, Luping Ji ·

Sparse local feature extraction is usually believed to be of important significance in typical vision tasks such as simultaneous localization and mapping, image matching and 3D reconstruction. At present, it still has some deficiencies needing further improvement, mainly including the discrimination power of extracted local descriptors, the localization accuracy of detected keypoints, and the efficiency of local feature learning. This paper focuses on promoting the currently popular sparse local feature learning with camera pose supervision. Therefore, it pertinently proposes a Shared Coupling-bridge scheme with four light-weight yet effective improvements for weakly-supervised local feature (SCFeat) learning. It mainly contains: i) the \emph{Feature-Fusion-ResUNet Backbone} (F2R-Backbone) for local descriptors learning, ii) a shared coupling-bridge normalization to improve the decoupling training of description network and detection network, iii) an improved detection network with peakiness measurement to detect keypoints and iv) the fundamental matrix error as a reward factor to further optimize feature detection training. Extensive experiments prove that our SCFeat improvement is effective. It could often obtain a state-of-the-art performance on classic image matching and visual localization. In terms of 3D reconstruction, it could still achieve competitive results. For sharing and communication, our source codes are available at

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
Visual Localization Aachen Day-Night v1.1 Benchmark SCFeat Acc@0.25m, 2° 74.3 # 1
Acc@0.5m, 5° 89 # 1
Acc@5m, 10° 98.4 # 1


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