Weakly Supervised Pedestrian Segmentation for Person Re-Identification

Ziqi Jin, Jinheng Xie, Bizhu Wu, Linlin Shen

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Person re-identification (RelD) is an important problem in intelligent surveillance and public security. Among all the solutions to this problem, existing mask-based methods first use a well-pretrained segmentation model to generate a foreground mask, in order to exclude the background from ReID. Then they perform the RelD task directly on the segmented pedestrian image. However, such a process requires extra datasets with pixel-level semantic labels. In this paper, we propose a Weakly Supervised Pedestrian Segmentation (WSPS) framework to produce the foreground mask directly from the RelD datasets. In contrast, our WSPS only requires image-level subject ID labels. To better utilize the pedestrian mask, we also propose the Image Synthesis Augmentation (ISA) technique to further augment the dataset. Experiments show that the features learned from our proposed framework are robust and discriminative. Compared with the baseline, the mAP of our framework is about 4.4%, 11.7%, and 4.0% higher on three widely used datasets including Market-1501, CUHK03, and MSMT17. The code will be available soon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1349-1362
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023


  • Re-identification
  • mask-based augmentation
  • weakly supervised segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Media Technology


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