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MuGE: Multiple Granularity Edge Detection

Caixia Zhou · Yaping Huang · Mengyang Pu · Qingji Guan · Ruoxi Deng · Haibin Ling

Arch 4A-E Poster #175
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Fri 21 Jun 5 p.m. PDT — 6:30 p.m. PDT


Edge segmentation is well-known to be subjective due to personalized annotation styles and preferred granularity. However, most existing deterministic edge detection methods only produce a single edge map for one input image. We argue that generating multiple edge maps is more reasonable than generating a single one considering the subjectivity and ambiguity of the edges.Thus motivated, in this paper we propose multiple granularity edge detection, called MuGE, which can produce a wide range of edge maps, from approximate object contours to fine texture edges. Specifically, we first propose to design an edge granularity network to estimate the edge granularity from an individual edge annotation. Subsequently, to guide the generation of diversified edge maps, we integrate such edge granularity into the multi-scale feature maps in the spatial domain. Meanwhile, we decompose the feature maps into low-frequency and high-frequency parts, where the encoded edge granularity is further fused into the high-frequency part to achieve more precise control over the details of the produced edge maps. Compared to previous methods, MuGE can not only generate multiple edge maps at different controllable granularities but also achieve a competitive performance on the BSDS500 and Multicue datasets.

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