Video object segmentation has been studied extensively in the past decade due to its importance in understanding video spatial-temporal structures as well as its value in industrial applications. Recently, data-driven algorithms (e.g. deep learning) have become the dominant approach to computer vision problems and one of the most important keys to their successes is the availability of large-scale datasets. Unfortunately, there does not exist a large-scale dataset for video object segmentation. As a result, recent algorithms for video object segmentation have to train their models on image datasets which do not contain any temporal information or video-specific characteristics, and thus would settle for suboptimal solutions. Besides, previous benchmark does not differentiate the object categories used in training and testing, and therefore cannot evaluate the true generalization ability of algorithms on unseen categories.
In this workshop in conjunction with a competition, we will present the first large-scale dataset for video object segmentation, which would allow participant teams to try novel and bold ideas that could not succeed with previous small-scale datasets. In contrast to previous video-object-segmentation datasets, our dataset has the following advantages:
We expect that our new dataset shall bring new possibilities of generating novel ideas for dense-prediction video tasks as well as providing a more comprehensive evaluation methodologies for video segmentation technology.
Our workshop is co-located with another video segmentation workshop "The Third International Workshop on Video Segmentation". The other workshop will discuss on a wide range of topics in video segmentation. Welcome to attend their workshop as well in the morning session.
The challenge task is the semi-supervised video object segmentation, which targets at segmenting a particular object isntance throughout the entire video sequence given only the object mask of the first frame. Different from previous video object segmentation challenges in CVPR 2017 and 2018, we will provide much larger scale of training and test data to foster various kinds of algorithms. In addition, our test dataset will have unseen categories which do not exist in the training dataset, in order to evaluate the generalization ability of algorithms.
Our dataset contains three subsets.
Similar to a previous video object segmentation challenge DAVIS, we will be using Region Jaccard (J) and Boundary F measure (F) as evaluation metric. The overall ranking measures will be computed in the following way:
Note that we have some of the objects start appearing from the middle of videos, we will only compute the metrics from the first occurence of these objects to the end of the video.
The annotations in this dataset belong to the organizers of the challenge and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The data is released for non-commercial research purpose only.
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Start: June 15, 2018, midnight
Start: Aug. 10, 2018, midnight
Aug. 25, 2018, midnight
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