Weakly-Supervised Cell Tracking via Backward-and-Forward Propagation

Kazuya Nishimura, Junya Hayashida, Chenyang Wang, Dai Fei Elmer Ker, Ryoma Bise

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We propose a weakly-supervised cell tracking method that can train a convolutional neural network (CNN) by using only the annotation of “cell detection” (i.e., the coordinates of cell positions) without association information, in which cell positions can be easily obtained by nuclear staining. First, we train co-detection CNN that detects cells in successive frames by using weak-labels. Our key assumption is that co-detection CNN implicitly learns association in addition to detection. To obtain the association, we propose a backward-and-forward propagation method that analyzes the correspondence of cell positions in the outputs of co-detection CNN. Experiments demonstrated that the proposed method can associate cells by analyzing co-detection CNN. Even though the method uses only weak supervision, the performance of our method was almost the same as the state-of-the-art supervised method. Code is publicly available in https://github.com/naivete5656/WSCTBFP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Vision – ECCV 2020 - 16th European Conference, Proceedings
EditorsAndrea Vedaldi, Horst Bischof, Thomas Brox, Jan-Michael Frahm
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783030586096
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event16th European Conference on Computer Vision, ECCV 2020 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Aug 23 2020Aug 28 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12357 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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