Geometry Constrained Weakly Supervised Object Localization

Weizeng Lu, Xi Jia, Weicheng Xie, Linlin Shen, Yicong Zhou, Jinming Duan

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We propose a geometry constrained network, termed GC-Net, for weakly supervised object localization (WSOL). GC-Net consists of three modules: a detector, a generator and a classifier. The detector predicts the object location defined by a set of coefficients describing a geometric shape (i.e. ellipse or rectangle), which is geometrically constrained by the mask produced by the generator. The classifier takes the resulting masked images as input and performs two complementary classification tasks for the object and background. To make the mask more compact and more complete, we propose a novel multi-task loss function that takes into account area of the geometric shape, the categorical cross-entropy and the negative entropy. In contrast to previous approaches, GC-Net is trained end-to-end and predict object location without any post-processing (e.g. thresholding) that may require additional tuning. Extensive experiments on the CUB-200-2011 and ILSVRC2012 datasets show that GC-Net outperforms state-of-the-art methods by a large margin. Our source code is available at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2020 - 16th European Conference, 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAndrea Vedaldi, Horst Bischof, Thomas Brox, Jan-Michael Frahm
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030585730
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Aug 202028 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12371 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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