Data-driven hair segmentation with isomorphic manifold inference
Image and Vision Computing，2014，32（10）：739-750 | 2014年10月01日 | doi.org/10.1016/j.imavis.2014.02.011
Hair segmentation is challenging due to the diverse appearance, irregular region boundary and the influence of complex background. To deal with this problem, we propose a novel data-driven method, named Isomorphic Manifold Inference (IMI). The IMI method assumes the coarse probability map and the binary segmentation map as a couple of isomorphic manifolds and tries to learn hair specific priors from manually labeled training images. For an input image, firstly, the method calculates a coarse probability map. Then it exploits regression techniques to obtain the relationship between the coarse probability map of the test image and those of training images. Finally, this relationship, i.e., a coefficient set, is transferred to the binary segmentation maps and a soft segmentation of the test image will be achieved by a linear combination of those binary maps. Further, we employ this soft segmentation as a shape cue and integrate it with color and texture cues into a unified segmentation framework. A better segmentation is achieved by the Graph Cuts optimization. Extensive experiments are conducted to validate effectiveness of the IMI method, compare contributions of different cues and investigate the generalization of IMI method. The results strongly encourage our method.