Hello Image Segmentation

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A very basic introduction to using segmentation models with OpenVINO™.

In this tutorial, a pre-trained road-segmentation-adas-0001 model from the Open Model Zoo is used. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Services. The model recognizes four classes: background, road, curb and mark.

Table of contents:

import platform

# Install required packages
%pip install -q "openvino>=2023.1.0" opencv-python tqdm

if platform.system() != "Windows":
    %pip install -q "matplotlib>=3.4"
    %pip install -q "matplotlib>=3.4,<3.7"
Note: you may need to restart the kernel to use updated packages.
Note: you may need to restart the kernel to use updated packages.


import cv2
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
import openvino as ov

# Fetch `notebook_utils` module
import requests

r = requests.get(

open("notebook_utils.py", "w").write(r.text)

from notebook_utils import segmentation_map_to_image, download_file

Download model weights

from pathlib import Path

base_model_dir = Path("./model").expanduser()

model_name = "road-segmentation-adas-0001"
model_xml_name = f"{model_name}.xml"
model_bin_name = f"{model_name}.bin"

model_xml_path = base_model_dir / model_xml_name

if not model_xml_path.exists():
    model_xml_url = (
    model_bin_url = (

    download_file(model_xml_url, model_xml_name, base_model_dir)
    download_file(model_bin_url, model_bin_name, base_model_dir)
    print(f"{model_name} already downloaded to {base_model_dir}")
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Select inference device

select device from dropdown list for running inference using OpenVINO

import ipywidgets as widgets

core = ov.Core()
device = widgets.Dropdown(
    options=core.available_devices + ["AUTO"],

Dropdown(description='Device:', index=1, options=('CPU', 'AUTO'), value='AUTO')

Load the Model

core = ov.Core()

model = core.read_model(model=model_xml_path)
compiled_model = core.compile_model(model=model, device_name=device.value)

input_layer_ir = compiled_model.input(0)
output_layer_ir = compiled_model.output(0)

Load an Image

A sample image from the

Mapillary Vistas dataset is provided.

# Download the image from the openvino_notebooks storage
image_filename = download_file(

# The segmentation network expects images in BGR format.
image = cv2.imread(str(image_filename))

rgb_image = cv2.cvtColor(image, cv2.COLOR_BGR2RGB)
image_h, image_w, _ = image.shape

# N,C,H,W = batch size, number of channels, height, width.
N, C, H, W = input_layer_ir.shape

# OpenCV resize expects the destination size as (width, height).
resized_image = cv2.resize(image, (W, H))

# Reshape to the network input shape.
input_image = np.expand_dims(resized_image.transpose(2, 0, 1), 0)
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<matplotlib.image.AxesImage at 0x7f34a03f2a60>

Do Inference

# Run the inference.
result = compiled_model([input_image])[output_layer_ir]

# Prepare data for visualization.
segmentation_mask = np.argmax(result, axis=1)
plt.imshow(segmentation_mask.transpose(1, 2, 0))
<matplotlib.image.AxesImage at 0x7f34a0321cd0>

Prepare Data for Visualization

# Define colormap, each color represents a class.
colormap = np.array([[68, 1, 84], [48, 103, 141], [53, 183, 120], [199, 216, 52]])

# Define the transparency of the segmentation mask on the photo.
alpha = 0.3

# Use function from notebook_utils.py to transform mask to an RGB image.
mask = segmentation_map_to_image(segmentation_mask, colormap)
resized_mask = cv2.resize(mask, (image_w, image_h))

# Create an image with mask.
image_with_mask = cv2.addWeighted(resized_mask, alpha, rgb_image, 1 - alpha, 0)

Visualize data

# Define titles with images.
data = {"Base Photo": rgb_image, "Segmentation": mask, "Masked Photo": image_with_mask}

# Create a subplot to visualize images.
fig, axs = plt.subplots(1, len(data.items()), figsize=(15, 10))

# Fill the subplot.
for ax, (name, image) in zip(axs, data.items()):

# Display an image.