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An efficient solution for semantic segmentation: ShuffleNet V2 with atrous separable convolutions

We present a computationally efficient approach to semantic segmentation, while achieving a high mean intersection over union (mIOU), 70.33% on Cityscapes challenge. The network proposed is capable of running real-time on mobile devices.

Paper: 10.1007/978-3-030-20205-7_4

If you find the code useful for your research, please consider citing us:

  author    = {Sercan T{\"u}rkmen and Janne Heikkil{\"a}},
  title     = {An Efficient Solution for Semantic Segmentation: {ShuffleNet} V2 with Atrous Separable Convolutions},
  booktitle = {Image Analysis},
  year      = {2019},
  editor    = {Michael Felsberg and Per-Erik Forss{\'e}n and Ida-Maria Sintorn and Jonas Unger},
  volume    = {11482},
  pages     = {41--53},
  address   = {Cham},
  publisher = {Springer International Publishing},
  doi       = {10.1007/978-3-030-20205-7_4},
  isbn      = {978-3-030-20205-7},
  url       = {},

Getting ready

  1. Add tensorflow/models/slim to your python path in order to run most of the scripts! To do so follow these steps:
    1. Clone or download the tensorflow/models/slim repository to a separate folder.
    2. Add the path to the repository by running the following code: export PYTHONPATH=path_to_the_cloned_folder/tensorflow_models/research/slim:${PYTHONPATH}
  2. Prepare dataset. Example scripts and code is available under the dataset folder. The dataset should be in tfrecord format.

Model zoo

Checkpoint name Trained on Uses DPC Eval OS Eval scales Left-right Flip mIOU File Size
shufflenetv2_basic_cityscapes_67_7 MS COCO 2017* + Cityscapes coarse + Cityscapes fine No 16 [1.0] No 67.7% (val) 4.9MB
shufflenetv2_dpc_cityscapes_71_3 MS COCO 2017* + Cityscapes coarse + Cityscapes fine Yes 16 [1.0] No 71.3% (val) 6.3MB

* Filtered to include only person, car, truck, bus, train, motorcycle, bicycle, stop sign, parking meter classes and samples that contain over 1000 annotated pixels.


To learn more about the available flags you can check and the specific script that you are trying to run (e.g.

Example training configuration

python \
    --model_variant=shufflenet_v2 \
    --tf_initial_checkpoint=./checkpoints/model.ckpt \
    --training_number_of_steps=120000 \
    --base_learning_rate=0.001 \
    --fine_tune_batch_norm=True \
    --initialize_last_layer=False \
    --output_stride=16 \
    --train_crop_size=769 \
    --train_crop_size=769 \
    --train_batch_size=16 \
    --dataset=cityscapes \
    --train_split=train \
    --dataset_dir=./dataset/cityscapes/tfrecord \
    --train_logdir=./logs \

Important: To use DPC architecture in your model, you should also set this parameter:


Example evaluation configuration

python \
    --model_variant=shufflenet_v2 \
    --eval_crop_size=1025 \
    --eval_crop_size=2049 \
    --output_stride=16 \
    --eval_logdir=./logs/eval \
    --checkpoint_dir=./logs \
    --dataset=cityscapes \

Important: If you are trying to evaluate a checkpoint that uses DPC architecture, you should also set this parameter:


Exporting to TFLITE model script contains several parameters at the top of the script.

Running on Android

You can find an example script to run the this model and Tensorflow Lite interpreter for segmentation on Android in this repository and also an example application in sercant/android-segmentation-app.