Boosting RGB-D saliency detection by leveraging unlabeled RGB images

Xiaoqiang Wang, Lei Zhu, Siliang Tang, Huazhu Fu, Ping Li, Fei Wu, Yi Yang, Yueting Zhuang

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Training deep models for RGB-D salient object detection (SOD) often requires a large number of labeled RGB-D images. However, RGB-D data is not easily acquired, which limits the development of RGB-D SOD techniques. To alleviate this issue, we present a Dual-Semi RGB-D Salient Object Detection Network (DS-Net) to leverage unlabeled RGB images for boosting RGB-D saliency detection. We first devise a depth decoupling convolutional neural network (DDCNN), which contains a depth estimation branch and a saliency detection branch. The depth estimation branch is trained with RGB-D images and then used to estimate the pseudo depth maps for all unlabeled RGB images to form the paired data. The saliency detection branch is used to fuse the RGB feature and depth feature to predict the RGB-D saliency. Then, the whole DDCNN is assigned as the backbone in a teacher-student framework for semi-supervised learning. Moreover, we also introduce a consistency loss on the intermediate attention and saliency maps for the unlabeled data, as well as a supervised depth and saliency loss for labeled data. Experimental results on seven widely-used benchmark datasets demonstrate that our DDCNN outperforms state-of-the-art methods both quantitatively and qualitatively. We also demonstrate that our semi-supervised DS-Net can further improve the performance, even when using an RGB image with the pseudo depth map.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1119
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Image Processing
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Attention consistency
  • Depth estimation
  • RGB-D salient object detection
  • Semi-supervised learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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