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"Object Detection": models, code, and papers

Active learning with version spaces for object detection

Nov 29, 2016
Soumya Roy, Vinay P. Namboodiri, Arijit Biswas

Given an image, we would like to learn to detect objects belonging to particular object categories. Common object detection methods train on large annotated datasets which are annotated in terms of bounding boxes that contain the object of interest. Previous works on object detection model the problem as a structured regression problem which ranks the correct bounding boxes more than the background ones. In this paper we develop algorithms which actively obtain annotations from human annotators for a small set of images, instead of all images, thereby reducing the annotation effort. Towards this goal, we make the following contributions: 1. We develop a principled version space based active learning method that solves for object detection as a structured prediction problem in a weakly supervised setting 2. We also propose two variants of the margin sampling strategy 3. We analyse the results on standard object detection benchmarks that show that with only 20% of the data we can obtain more than 95% of the localization accuracy of full supervision. Our methods outperform random sampling and the classical uncertainty-based active learning algorithms like entropy

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SODA: Site Object Detection dAtaset for Deep Learning in Construction

Feb 19, 2022
Rui Duan, Hui Deng, Mao Tian, Yichuan Deng, Jiarui Lin

Computer vision-based deep learning object detection algorithms have been developed sufficiently powerful to support the ability to recognize various objects. Although there are currently general datasets for object detection, there is still a lack of large-scale, open-source dataset for the construction industry, which limits the developments of object detection algorithms as they tend to be data-hungry. Therefore, this paper develops a new large-scale image dataset specifically collected and annotated for the construction site, called Site Object Detection dAtaset (SODA), which contains 15 kinds of object classes categorized by workers, materials, machines, and layout. Firstly, more than 20,000 images were collected from multiple construction sites in different site conditions, weather conditions, and construction phases, which covered different angles and perspectives. After careful screening and processing, 19,846 images including 286,201 objects were then obtained and annotated with labels in accordance with predefined categories. Statistical analysis shows that the developed dataset is advantageous in terms of diversity and volume. Further evaluation with two widely-adopted object detection algorithms based on deep learning (YOLO v3/ YOLO v4) also illustrates the feasibility of the dataset for typical construction scenarios, achieving a maximum mAP of 81.47%. In this manner, this research contributes a large-scale image dataset for the development of deep learning-based object detection methods in the construction industry and sets up a performance benchmark for further evaluation of corresponding algorithms in this area.

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Object Detection from Scratch with Deep Supervision

Sep 25, 2018
Zhiqiang Shen, Zhuang Liu, Jianguo Li, Yu-Gang Jiang, Yurong Chen, Xiangyang Xue

We propose Deeply Supervised Object Detectors (DSOD), an object detection framework that can be trained from scratch. Recent advances in object detection heavily depend on the off-the-shelf models pre-trained on large-scale classification datasets like ImageNet and OpenImage. However, one problem is that adopting pre-trained models from classification to detection task may incur learning bias due to the different objective function and diverse distributions of object categories. Techniques like fine-tuning on detection task could alleviate this issue to some extent but are still not fundamental. Furthermore, transferring these pre-trained models across discrepant domains will be more difficult (e.g., from RGB to depth images). Thus, a better solution to handle these critical problems is to train object detectors from scratch, which motivates our proposed method. Previous efforts on this direction mainly failed by reasons of the limited training data and naive backbone network structures for object detection. In DSOD, we contribute a set of design principles for learning object detectors from scratch. One of the key principles is the deep supervision, enabled by layer-wise dense connections in both backbone networks and prediction layers, plays a critical role in learning good detectors from scratch. After involving several other principles, we build our DSOD based on the single-shot detection framework (SSD). We evaluate our method on PASCAL VOC 2007, 2012 and COCO datasets. DSOD achieves consistently better results than the state-of-the-art methods with much more compact models. Specifically, DSOD outperforms baseline method SSD on all three benchmarks, while requiring only 1/2 parameters. We also observe that DSOD can achieve comparable/slightly better results than Mask RCNN + FPN (under similar input size) with only 1/3 parameters, using no extra data or pre-trained models.

* This is an extended version of our previous conference paper arXiv:1708.01241 
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On the Role of Sensor Fusion for Object Detection in Future Vehicular Networks

Apr 23, 2021
Valentina Rossi, Paolo Testolina, Marco Giordani, Michele Zorzi

Fully autonomous driving systems require fast detection and recognition of sensitive objects in the environment. In this context, intelligent vehicles should share their sensor data with computing platforms and/or other vehicles, to detect objects beyond their own sensors' fields of view. However, the resulting huge volumes of data to be exchanged can be challenging to handle for standard communication technologies. In this paper, we evaluate how using a combination of different sensors affects the detection of the environment in which the vehicles move and operate. The final objective is to identify the optimal setup that would minimize the amount of data to be distributed over the channel, with negligible degradation in terms of object detection accuracy. To this aim, we extend an already available object detection algorithm so that it can consider, as an input, camera images, LiDAR point clouds, or a combination of the two, and compare the accuracy performance of the different approaches using two realistic datasets. Our results show that, although sensor fusion always achieves more accurate detections, LiDAR only inputs can obtain similar results for large objects while mitigating the burden on the channel.

* This paper has been accepted for presentation at the Joint European Conference on Networks and Communications & 6G Summit (EuCNC/6G Summit). 6 pages, 6 figures, 1 table 
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3D Object Detection Method Based on YOLO and K-Means for Image and Point Clouds

Apr 21, 2020
Xuanyu Yin, Yoko Sasaki, Weimin Wang, Kentaro Shimizu

Lidar based 3D object detection and classification tasks are essential for autonomous driving(AD). A lidar sensor can provide the 3D point cloud data reconstruction of the surrounding environment. However, real time detection in 3D point clouds still needs a strong algorithmic. This paper proposes a 3D object detection method based on point cloud and image which consists of there parts.(1)Lidar-camera calibration and undistorted image transformation. (2)YOLO-based detection and PointCloud extraction, (3)K-means based point cloud segmentation and detection experiment test and evaluation in depth image. In our research, camera can capture the image to make the Real-time 2D object detection by using YOLO, we transfer the bounding box to node whose function is making 3d object detection on point cloud data from Lidar. By comparing whether 2D coordinate transferred from the 3D point is in the object bounding box or not can achieve High-speed 3D object recognition function in GPU. The accuracy and precision get imporved after k-means clustering in point cloud. The speed of our detection method is a advantage faster than PointNet.

* arXiv admin note: substantial text overlap with arXiv:2004.11465 
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Towards Open-Set Object Detection and Discovery

Apr 12, 2022
Jiyang Zheng, Weihao Li, Jie Hong, Lars Petersson, Nick Barnes

With the human pursuit of knowledge, open-set object detection (OSOD) has been designed to identify unknown objects in a dynamic world. However, an issue with the current setting is that all the predicted unknown objects share the same category as "unknown", which require incremental learning via a human-in-the-loop approach to label novel classes. In order to address this problem, we present a new task, namely Open-Set Object Detection and Discovery (OSODD). This new task aims to extend the ability of open-set object detectors to further discover the categories of unknown objects based on their visual appearance without human effort. We propose a two-stage method that first uses an open-set object detector to predict both known and unknown objects. Then, we study the representation of predicted objects in an unsupervised manner and discover new categories from the set of unknown objects. With this method, a detector is able to detect objects belonging to known classes and define novel categories for objects of unknown classes with minimal supervision. We show the performance of our model on the MS-COCO dataset under a thorough evaluation protocol. We hope that our work will promote further research towards a more robust real-world detection system.

* CVPRW 2022 
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RGBT Salient Object Detection: A Large-scale Dataset and Benchmark

Jul 08, 2020
Zhengzheng Tu, Yan Ma, Zhun Li, Chenglong Li, Jieming Xu, Yongtao Liu

Salient object detection in complex scenes and environments is a challenging research topic. Most works focus on RGB-based salient object detection, which limits its performance of real-life applications when confronted with adverse conditions such as dark environments and complex backgrounds. Taking advantage of RGB and thermal infrared images becomes a new research direction for detecting salient object in complex scenes recently, as thermal infrared spectrum imaging provides the complementary information and has been applied to many computer vision tasks. However, current research for RGBT salient object detection is limited by the lack of a large-scale dataset and comprehensive benchmark. This work contributes such a RGBT image dataset named VT5000, including 5000 spatially aligned RGBT image pairs with ground truth annotations. VT5000 has 11 challenges collected in different scenes and environments for exploring the robustness of algorithms. With this dataset, we propose a powerful baseline approach, which extracts multi-level features within each modality and aggregates these features of all modalities with the attention mechanism, for accurate RGBT salient object detection. Extensive experiments show that the proposed baseline approach outperforms the state-of-the-art methods on VT5000 dataset and other two public datasets. In addition, we carry out a comprehensive analysis of different algorithms of RGBT salient object detection on VT5000 dataset, and then make several valuable conclusions and provide some potential research directions for RGBT salient object detection.

* 12 pages, 10 figures 
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Scribble-based Boundary-aware Network for Weakly Supervised Salient Object Detection in Remote Sensing Images

Feb 07, 2022
Zhou Huang, Tian-Zhu Xiang, Huai-Xin Chen, Hang Dai

Existing CNNs-based salient object detection (SOD) heavily depends on the large-scale pixel-level annotations, which is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and expensive. By contrast, the sparse annotations become appealing to the salient object detection community. However, few efforts are devoted to learning salient object detection from sparse annotations, especially in the remote sensing field. In addition, the sparse annotation usually contains scanty information, which makes it challenging to train a well-performing model, resulting in its performance largely lagging behind the fully-supervised models. Although some SOD methods adopt some prior cues to improve the detection performance, they usually lack targeted discrimination of object boundaries and thus provide saliency maps with poor boundary localization. To this end, in this paper, we propose a novel weakly-supervised salient object detection framework to predict the saliency of remote sensing images from sparse scribble annotations. To implement it, we first construct the scribble-based remote sensing saliency dataset by relabelling an existing large-scale SOD dataset with scribbles, namely S-EOR dataset. After that, we present a novel scribble-based boundary-aware network (SBA-Net) for remote sensing salient object detection. Specifically, we design a boundary-aware module (BAM) to explore the object boundary semantics, which is explicitly supervised by the high-confidence object boundary (pseudo) labels generated by the boundary label generation (BLG) module, forcing the model to learn features that highlight the object structure and thus boosting the boundary localization of objects. Then, the boundary semantics are integrated with high-level features to guide the salient object detection under the supervision of scribble labels.

* 33 pages, 10 figures 
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Object Detection in Real Images

Feb 21, 2013
Dilip K. Prasad

Object detection and recognition are important problems in computer vision. Since these problems are meta-heuristic, despite a lot of research, practically usable, intelligent, real-time, and dynamic object detection/recognition methods are still unavailable. We propose a new object detection/recognition method, which improves over the existing methods in every stage of the object detection/recognition process. In addition to the usual features, we propose to use geometric shapes, like linear cues, ellipses and quadrangles, as additional features. The full potential of geometric cues is exploited by using them to extract other features in a robust, computationally efficient, and less meta-heuristic manner. We also propose a new hierarchical codebook, which provides good generalization and discriminative properties. The codebook enables fast multi-path inference mechanisms based on propagation of conditional likelihoods, that make it robust to occlusion and noise. It has the capability of dynamic learning. We also propose a new learning method that has generative and discriminative learning capabilities, does not need large and fully supervised training dataset, and is capable of online learning. The preliminary work of detecting geometric shapes in real images has been completed. This preliminary work is the focus of this report. Future path for realizing the proposed object detection/recognition method is also discussed in brief.

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Fooling Detection Alone is Not Enough: First Adversarial Attack against Multiple Object Tracking

May 30, 2019
Yunhan Jia, Yantao Lu, Junjie Shen, Qi Alfred Chen, Zhenyu Zhong, Tao Wei

Recent work in adversarial machine learning started to focus on the visual perception in autonomous driving and studied Adversarial Examples (AEs) for object detection models. However, in such visual perception pipeline the detected objects must also be tracked, in a process called Multiple Object Tracking (MOT), to build the moving trajectories of surrounding obstacles. Since MOT is designed to be robust against errors in object detection, it poses a general challenge to existing attack techniques that blindly target objection detection: we find that a success rate of over 98% is needed for them to actually affect the tracking results, a requirement that no existing attack technique can satisfy. In this paper, we are the first to study adversarial machine learning attacks against the complete visual perception pipeline in autonomous driving, and discover a novel attack technique, tracker hijacking, that can effectively fool MOT using AEs on object detection. Using our technique, successful AEs on as few as one single frame can move an existing object in to or out of the headway of an autonomous vehicle to cause potential safety hazards. We perform evaluation using the Berkeley Deep Drive dataset and find that on average when 3 frames are attacked, our attack can have a nearly 100% success rate while attacks that blindly target object detection only have up to 25%.

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