A Prototype Model for Semantic Segmentation of Curvilinear Meandering Regions by Deconvolutional Neural Networks

  • 1 Polish Naval Academy, , Gdynia, Poland


Deconvolutional neural networks are a very accurate tool for semantic image segmentation. Segmenting curvilinear meandering regions is a typical task in computer vision applied to navigational, civil engineering, and defence problems. In the study, such regions of interest are modelled as meandering transparent stripes whose width is not constant. The stripe on the white background is formed by the upper and lower non-parallel black curves so that the upper and lower image parts are completely separated. An algorithm of generating datasets of such regions is developed. It is revealed that deeper networks segment the regions more accurately. However, the segmentation is harder when the regions become bigger. This is why an alternative method of the region segmentation consisting in segmenting the upper and lower image parts by subsequently unifying the results is not effective. If the region of interest becomes bigger, it must be squeezed in order to avoid segmenting the empty image. Once the squeezed region is segmented, the image is conversely rescaled to the original view. To control the accuracy, the mean BF score having the least value among the other accuracy indicators should be maximised first.

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