Geometry Auxiliary Salient Object Detection for Light Fields via Graph Neural Networks

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7578-7592
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Online published1 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


Light field imaging, originated from the availability of light field capture technology, offers a wide range of applications in the field of computational vision. The capability of predicting salient objects of light fields remains technologically challenging due to its complicated geometry structure. In this paper, we propose a light field salient object detection approach that formulates the geometric coherence among multiple views of light fields as graphs, where the angular/central views represent the nodes and their relations compose the edges. The spatial and disparity correlations between multiple views are effectively explored through multi-scale graph neural networks, enabling the more comprehensive understanding of light field content and more representative and discriminative saliency features generation. Moreover, a multi-scale saliency feature consistency learning module is embedded to enhance the saliency features. Finally, an accurate salient object map is produced for the light field based upon the extracted features. In addition, we establish a new light field salient object detection dataset (CITYU-Lytro) that contains 817 light fields with diverse contents and their corresponding annotations, aiming to further promote the research on light field salient object detection. Quantitative and qualitative experiments demonstrate that the proposed method performs favorably compared with the state-of-the-art methods on the benchmark datasets.

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  • graph neural networks, Light field, salient object detection