Open Access Research Article Issue
Specificity-preserving RGB-D saliency detection
Computational Visual Media 2023, 9 (2): 297-317
Published: 03 January 2023
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Salient object detection (SOD) in RGB and depth images has attracted increasing research interest. Existing RGB-D SOD models usually adopt fusion strategies to learn a shared representation from RGB and depth modalities, while few methods explicitly consider how to preserve modality-specific characteristics. In this study, we propose a novel framework, the specificity-preserving network (SPNet), which improves SOD performance by exploring both the shared information and modality-specific properties. Specifically, we use two modality-specific networks and a shared learning network to generate individual and shared saliency prediction maps. To effectively fuse cross-modal features in the shared learning network, we propose a cross-enhanced integration module (CIM) and propagate the fused feature to the next layer to integrate cross-level information. Moreover, to capture rich complementary multi-modal information to boost SOD performance, we use a multi-modal feature aggregation (MFA) module to integrate the modality-specific features from each individual decoder into the shared decoder. By using skip connections between encoder and decoder layers, hierarchical features can be fully combined. Extensive experiments demonstrate that our SPNet outperforms cutting-edge approaches on six popular RGB-D SOD and three camouflaged object detection benchmarks. The project is publicly available at

Open Access Review Article Issue
Light field salient object detection: A review and benchmark
Computational Visual Media 2022, 8 (4): 509-534
Published: 16 May 2022
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Salient object detection (SOD) is a long-standing research topic in computer vision with increasing interest in the past decade. Since light fields record comprehensive information of natural scenes that benefit SOD in a number of ways, using light field inputs to improve saliency detection over conventional RGB inputs is an emerging trend. This paper provides the first comprehensive review and a benchmark for light field SOD, which has long been lacking in the saliency community. Firstly, we introduce light fields, including theory and data forms, and then review existing studies on light field SOD, covering ten traditional models, seven deep learning-based models, a comparative study, and a brief review. Existing datasets for light field SOD are also summarized. Secondly, we benchmark nine representative light field SOD models together with several cutting-edge RGB-D SOD models on four widely used light field datasets, providing insightful discussions and analyses, including a comparison between light field SOD and RGB-D SOD models. Due to the inconsistency of current datasets, we further generate complete data and supplement focal stacks, depth maps, and multi-view images for them, making them consistent and uniform. Our supplemental data make a universal benchmark possible. Lastly, light field SOD is a specialised problem, because of its diverse data representations and high dependency on acquisition hardware, so it differs greatly from other saliency detection tasks. We provide nine observations on challenges and future directions, and outline several open issues. All the materials including models, datasets, benchmarking results, and supplemented light field datasets are publicly available at

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