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See detailWeakly-Supervised Free Space Estimation through Stochastic Co-Teaching
Robinet, François UL; Parera, Claudia UL; Hundt, Christian UL et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) Workshops, 2022 (2022, January 04)

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches train a segmentation model using an annotated dataset. The training data needs to capture ... [more ▼]

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches train a segmentation model using an annotated dataset. The training data needs to capture the wide variety of environments and weather conditions encountered at runtime, making the annotation cost prohibitively high. In this work, we propose a novel approach for obtaining free space estimates from images taken with a single road-facing camera. We rely on a technique that generates weak free space labels without any supervision, which are then used as ground truth to train a segmentation model for free space estimation. Our work differs from prior attempts by explicitly taking label noise into account through the use of Co-Teaching. Since Co-Teaching has traditionally been investigated in classification tasks, we adapt it for segmentation and examine how its parameters affect performances in our experiments. In addition, we propose Stochastic Co-Teaching, which is a novel method to select clean samples that leads to enhanced results. We achieve an IoU of 82.6%, a Precision of 90.9%, and a Recall of 90.3%. Our best model reaches 87% of the IoU, 93% of the Precision, and 93% of the Recall of the equivalent fully-supervised baseline while using no human annotations. To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first to use Co-Teaching to train a free space segmentation model under explicit label noise. Our implementation and trained models are freely available online. [less ▲]

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See detailRefining Weakly-Supervised Free Space Estimation Through Data Augmentation and Recursive Training
Robinet, François UL; Frank, Raphaël

in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (2022)

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches rely on pixel-wise ground truth annotations to train a segmentation model. To cover the ... [more ▼]

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches rely on pixel-wise ground truth annotations to train a segmentation model. To cover the wide variety of environments and lighting conditions encountered on roads, training supervised models requires large datasets. This makes the annotation cost prohibitively high. In this work, we propose a novel approach for obtaining free space estimates from images taken with a single road-facing camera. We rely on a technique that generates weak free space labels without any supervision, which are then used as ground truth to train a segmentation model for free space estimation. We study the impact of different data augmentation techniques on the performances of free space predictions, and propose to use a recursive training strategy. Our results are benchmarked using the Cityscapes dataset and improve over comparable published work across all evaluation metrics. Our best model reaches 83.64% IoU (+2.3%), 91.75 Precision (+2.4%) and 91.29% Recall (+0.4%). These results correspond to 88.8% of the IoU, 94.3% of the Precision and 93.1% of the Recall obtained by an equivalent fully-supervised baseline, while using no ground truth annotation. Our code and models are freely available online. [less ▲]

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See detailRefining Weakly-Supervised Free Space Estimation through Data Augmentation and Recursive Training
Robinet, François UL; Frank, Raphaël UL

in Proceedings of BNAIC/BeneLearn 2021 (2021, November 12)

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches rely on pixel-wise ground truth annotations to train a segmentation model. To cover the ... [more ▼]

Free space estimation is an important problem for autonomous robot navigation. Traditional camera-based approaches rely on pixel-wise ground truth annotations to train a segmentation model. To cover the wide variety of environments and lighting conditions encountered on roads, training supervised models requires large datasets. This makes the annotation cost prohibitively high. In this work, we propose a novel approach for obtaining free space estimates from images taken with a single road-facing camera. We rely on a technique that generates weak free space labels without any supervision, which are then used as ground truth to train a segmentation model for free space estimation. We study the impact of different data augmentation techniques on the performances of free space predictions, and propose to use a recursive training strategy. Our results are benchmarked using the Cityscapes dataset and improve over comparable published work across all evaluation metrics. Our best model reaches 83.64% IoU (+2.3%), 91:75% Precision (+2.4%) and 91.29% Recall (+0.4%). These results correspond to 88.8% of the IoU, 94.3% of the Precision and 93.1% of the Recall obtained by an equivalent fully-supervised baseline, while using no ground truth annotation. Our code and models are freely available online. [less ▲]

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See detailRoboBus: A Diverse and Cross-Border Public Transport Dataset
Varisteas, Georgios; Frank, Raphaël UL; Robinet, François UL

in Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2021) (2021, March 22)

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See detailLeveraging Privileged Information to Limit Distraction in End-to-End Lane Following
Robinet, François UL; Demeules, Antoine; Frank, Raphaël UL et al

in 2020 IEEE 17th Annual Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC) (2020)

Convolutional Neural Networks have been successfully used to steer vehicles using only road-facing cameras. In this work, we investigate the use of Privileged Information for training an end-to-end lane ... [more ▼]

Convolutional Neural Networks have been successfully used to steer vehicles using only road-facing cameras. In this work, we investigate the use of Privileged Information for training an end-to-end lane following model. Starting from the prior assumption that such a model should spend a sizeable fraction of its focus on lane markings, we take advantage of lane geometry information available at training time to improve its performance. To this end, we constrain the class of learnable functions by imposing a prior stemming from a lane segmentation task. For each input frame, we compute the set of pixels that most contribute to the prediction of the model using the VisualBackProp method. These pixel-relevance heatmaps are then compared with ground truth lane segmentation masks. A Distraction Loss term is added to the objective to regularize the training process. We learn from real-world data collected using our experimental vehicle and compare the results to those obtained using the simple Mean Squared Error objective. We show that the presence of our regularizer benefits both the performance and the stability of the model across a variety of evaluation metrics. We use a pretrained lane segmentation model without fine-tuning to extract lane marking masks and show that valuable learning signals can be extracted even from imperfect privileged knowledge. This method can be implemented easily and very efficiently on top of an existing architecture, without requiring the addition of any trainable parameter. [less ▲]

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