Leo Schwinn (M.Sc.), Franz Köferl (M.Sc.), Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier
12/2019 – 05/2020
Unbalanced semantic segmentation tackles the problem of classifying pixels in an image according to their label, where one class is occurring only infrequently. In manufacturing or medical imaging, the detection of such anomalies is still challenging and is mostly done by experts [1, 2].
The most successful algorithms for automatic semantic segmentation are convolutional neural networks [3, 4, 5, 6]. Some of these approaches classify the images in the frequency domain, where an irregular pattern may be visible by a change in frequency [7, 8]. Usually, the transformation into the frequency domain is done as a preprocessing step and is not integrated into the neural network . However, it is possible to integrate the frequency transformation into the neural network and create a new end-to-end network, where no expert knowledge is necessary to tune the parameters of the frequency transformation. This approach has shown superior performance in the speech processing domain, over applying the frequency transformation as a preprocessing step .
In this thesis, a wavelet convolutional layer is presented, which extends the approach to images. Classification in the frequency domain is already explored but not in an end-to-end manner. The wavelet convolutional layer implements a continuous wavelet transform in 2D, where the scale of the wavelets is learned end-to-end with the rest of the neural network. It is expected that the different scales of the wavelets help to identify error patterns of varying sizes. All implementations are evaluated and compared on at least two different data sets, including
MVTecAd  and a dataset provided by ISRA VISION consisting of 79 images of car keys  with different types of production errors.
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