27. HOLISTICALLY-NESTED EDGE DETECTION

Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: Agile Center for Visual Computing
Faculty Advisor(s): Zhuowen Tu

Primary Student
Name: Saining Xie
Email: s9xie@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-729-3549
Grad Year: 2018

Abstract
We develop a new edge detection algorithm that tackles two important issues in this long-standing vision problem: (1) holistic image training and prediction; and (2) multi-scale and multi-level feature learning. Our proposed method, holistically-nested edge detection (HED), performs image-to-image prediction by means of a deep learning model that leverages fully convolutional neural networks and deeply-supervised nets. HED automatically learns rich hierarchical representations (guided by deep supervision on side responses) that are important in order to approach the human ability resolve the challenging ambiguity in edge and object boundary detection. We significantly advance the state-of-the-art on the BSD500 dataset (ODS F-score of .790) and the NYU Depth dataset (ODS F-score of .746), and do so with an improved speed (0.4 second per image) that is orders of magnitude faster than some recent CNN-based edge detection algorithms.

Industry Application Area(s)
Software, Analytics

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