Glass Segmentation Using Intensity and Spectral Polarization Cues (CVPR 2022)

Transparent and semi-transparent materials pose significant challenges for existing scene understanding and segmentation algorithms due to their lack of RGB texture which impedes the extraction of meaningful features. In this work, we exploit that the light-matter interactions on glass materials provide unique intensity-polarization cues for each observed wavelength of light. We present a novel learning-based glass segmentation network that leverages both trichromatic (RGB) intensities as well as trichromatic linear polarization cues from a single photograph captured without making any assumption on the polarization state of the illumination. Our novel network architecture dynamically fuses and weights both the trichromatic color and polarization cues using a novel global-guidance and multi-scale self-attention module, and leverages global cross-domain contextual information to achieve robust segmentation. We train and extensively validate our segmentation method on a new large-scale RGB-Polarization dataset (RGBP-Glass), and demonstrate that our method outperforms state-of-the-art segmentation approaches by a significant margin.

Haiyang Mei, Bo Dong, Wen Dong, Jiaxi Yang, Seung-Hwan Baek, Felix Heide, Pieter Peers, Xiaopeng Wei, Xin Yang

The IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2022

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