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"Object Detection": models, code, and papers

Multi-Class 3D Object Detection Within Volumetric 3D Computed Tomography Baggage Security Screening Imagery

Aug 03, 2020
Qian Wang, Neelanjan Bhowmik, Toby P. Breckon

Automatic detection of prohibited objects within passenger baggage is important for aviation security. X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) based 3D imaging is widely used in airports for aviation security screening whilst prior work on automatic prohibited item detection focus primarily on 2D X-ray imagery. These works have proven the possibility of extending deep convolutional neural networks (CNN) based automatic prohibited item detection from 2D X-ray imagery to volumetric 3D CT baggage security screening imagery. However, previous work on 3D object detection in baggage security screening imagery focused on the detection of one specific type of objects (e.g., either {\it bottles} or {\it handguns}). As a result, multiple models are needed if more than one type of prohibited item is required to be detected in practice. In this paper, we consider the detection of multiple object categories of interest using one unified framework. To this end, we formulate a more challenging multi-class 3D object detection problem within 3D CT imagery and propose a viable solution (3D RetinaNet) to tackle this problem. To enhance the performance of detection we investigate a variety of strategies including data augmentation and varying backbone networks. Experimentation carried out to provide both quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the proposed approach to multi-class 3D object detection within 3D CT baggage security screening imagery. Experimental results demonstrate the combination of the 3D RetinaNet and a series of favorable strategies can achieve a mean Average Precision (mAP) of 65.3\% over five object classes (i.e. {\it bottles, handguns, binoculars, glock frames, iPods}). The overall performance is affected by the poor performance on {\it glock frames} and {\it iPods} due to the lack of data and their resemblance with the baggage clutter.

* Durham University 
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Self-Supervised Object Detection via Generative Image Synthesis

Oct 19, 2021
Siva Karthik Mustikovela, Shalini De Mello, Aayush Prakash, Umar Iqbal, Sifei Liu, Thu Nguyen-Phuoc, Carsten Rother, Jan Kautz

We present SSOD, the first end-to-end analysis-by synthesis framework with controllable GANs for the task of self-supervised object detection. We use collections of real world images without bounding box annotations to learn to synthesize and detect objects. We leverage controllable GANs to synthesize images with pre-defined object properties and use them to train object detectors. We propose a tight end-to-end coupling of the synthesis and detection networks to optimally train our system. Finally, we also propose a method to optimally adapt SSOD to an intended target data without requiring labels for it. For the task of car detection, on the challenging KITTI and Cityscapes datasets, we show that SSOD outperforms the prior state-of-the-art purely image-based self-supervised object detection method Wetectron. Even without requiring any 3D CAD assets, it also surpasses the state-of-the-art rendering based method Meta-Sim2. Our work advances the field of self-supervised object detection by introducing a successful new paradigm of using controllable GAN-based image synthesis for it and by significantly improving the baseline accuracy of the task. We open-source our code at

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Object Detection in Optical Remote Sensing Images: A Survey and A New Benchmark

Sep 22, 2019
Ke Li, Gang Wan, Gong Cheng, Liqiu Meng, Junwei Han

Substantial efforts have been devoted more recently to presenting various methods for object detection in optical remote sensing images. However, the current survey of datasets and deep learning based methods for object detection in optical remote sensing images is not adequate. Moreover, most of the existing datasets have some shortcomings, for example, the numbers of images and object categories are small scale, and the image diversity and variations are insufficient. These limitations greatly affect the development of deep learning based object detection methods. In the paper, we provide a comprehensive review of the recent deep learning based object detection progress in both the computer vision and earth observation communities. Then, we propose a large-scale, publicly available benchmark for object DetectIon in Optical Remote sensing images, which we name as DIOR. The dataset contains 23463 images and 192472 instances, covering 20 object classes. The proposed DIOR dataset 1) is large-scale on the object categories, on the object instance number, and on the total image number; 2) has a large range of object size variations, not only in terms of spatial resolutions, but also in the aspect of inter- and intra-class size variability across objects; 3) holds big variations as the images are obtained with different imaging conditions, weathers, seasons, and image quality; and 4) has high inter-class similarity and intra-class diversity. The proposed benchmark can help the researchers to develop and validate their data-driven methods. Finally, we evaluate several state-of-the-art approaches on our DIOR dataset to establish a baseline for future research.

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Object Detection based on Region Decomposition and Assembly

Jan 24, 2019
Seung-Hwan Bae

Region-based object detection infers object regions for one or more categories in an image. Due to the recent advances in deep learning and region proposal methods, object detectors based on convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have been flourishing and provided the promising detection results. However, the detection accuracy is degraded often because of the low discriminability of object CNN features caused by occlusions and inaccurate region proposals. In this paper, we therefore propose a region decomposition and assembly detector (R-DAD) for more accurate object detection. In the proposed R-DAD, we first decompose an object region into multiple small regions. To capture an entire appearance and part details of the object jointly, we extract CNN features within the whole object region and decomposed regions. We then learn the semantic relations between the object and its parts by combining the multi-region features stage by stage with region assembly blocks, and use the combined and high-level semantic features for the object classification and localization. In addition, for more accurate region proposals, we propose a multi-scale proposal layer that can generate object proposals of various scales. We integrate the R-DAD into several feature extractors, and prove the distinct performance improvement on PASCAL07/12 and MSCOCO18 compared to the recent convolutional detectors.

* Accepted to 2019 AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) 
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3D Object Detection Combining Semantic and Geometric Features from Point Clouds

Oct 10, 2021
Hao Peng, Guofeng Tong, Zheng Li, Yaqi Wang, Yuyuan Shao

In this paper, we investigate the combination of voxel-based methods and point-based methods, and propose a novel end-to-end two-stage 3D object detector named SGNet for point clouds scenes. The voxel-based methods voxelize the scene to regular grids, which can be processed with the current advanced feature learning frameworks based on convolutional layers for semantic feature learning. Whereas the point-based methods can better extract the geometric feature of the point due to the coordinate reservations. The combination of the two is an effective solution for 3D object detection from point clouds. However, most current methods use a voxel-based detection head with anchors for final classification and localization. Although the preset anchors cover the entire scene, it is not suitable for point clouds detection tasks with larger scenes and multiple categories due to the limitation of voxel size. In this paper, we propose a voxel-to-point module (VTPM) that captures semantic and geometric features. The VTPM is a Voxel-Point-Based Module that finally implements 3D object detection in point space, which is more conducive to the detection of small-size objects and avoids the presets of anchors in inference stage. In addition, a Confidence Adjustment Module (CAM) with the center-boundary-aware confidence attention is proposed to solve the misalignment between the predicted confidence and proposals in the regions of the interest (RoI) selection. The SGNet proposed in this paper has achieved state-of-the-art results for 3D object detection in the KITTI dataset, especially in the detection of small-size objects such as cyclists. Actually, as of September 19, 2021, for KITTI dataset, SGNet ranked 1st in 3D and BEV detection on cyclists with easy difficulty level, and 2nd in the 3D detection of moderate cyclists.

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Weakly Supervised Object Detection with Segmentation Collaboration

Apr 01, 2019
Xiaoyan Li, Meina Kan, Shiguang Shan, Xilin Chen

Weakly supervised object detection aims at learning precise object detectors, given image category labels. In recent prevailing works, this problem is generally formulated as a multiple instance learning module guided by an image classification loss. The object bounding box is assumed to be the one contributing most to the classification among all proposals. However, the region contributing most is also likely to be a crucial part or the supporting context of an object. To obtain a more accurate detector, in this work we propose a novel end-to-end weakly supervised detection approach, where a newly introduced generative adversarial segmentation module interacts with the conventional detection module in a collaborative loop. The collaboration mechanism takes full advantages of the complementary interpretations of the weakly supervised localization task, namely detection and segmentation tasks, forming a more comprehensive solution. Consequently, our method obtains more precise object bounding boxes, rather than parts or irrelevant surroundings. Expectedly, the proposed method achieves an accuracy of 51.0% on the PASCAL VOC 2007 dataset, outperforming the state-of-the-arts and demonstrating its superiority for weakly supervised object detection.

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Improving Object Detection and Attribute Recognition by Feature Entanglement Reduction

Aug 25, 2021
Zhaoheng Zheng, Arka Sadhu, Ram Nevatia

We explore object detection with two attributes: color and material. The task aims to simultaneously detect objects and infer their color and material. A straight-forward approach is to add attribute heads at the very end of a usual object detection pipeline. However, we observe that the two goals are in conflict: Object detection should be attribute-independent and attributes be largely object-independent. Features computed by a standard detection network entangle the category and attribute features; we disentangle them by the use of a two-stream model where the category and attribute features are computed independently but the classification heads share Regions of Interest (RoIs). Compared with a traditional single-stream model, our model shows significant improvements over VG-20, a subset of Visual Genome, on both supervised and attribute transfer tasks.

* Camera-ready for ICIP 2021 
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Hierarchical Structure and Joint Training for Large Scale Semi-supervised Object Detection

May 30, 2019
Ye Guo, Yali Li, Shengjin Wang

Generic object detection is one of the most fundamental and important problems in computer vision. When it comes to large scale object detection for thousands of categories, it is unpractical to provide all the bounding box labels for each category. In this paper, we propose a novel hierarchical structure and joint training framework for large scale semi-supervised object detection. First, we utilize the relationships among target categories to model a hierarchical network to further improve the performance of recognition. Second, we combine bounding-box-level labeled images and image-level labeled images together for joint training, and the proposed method can be easily applied in current two-stage object detection framework with excellent performance. Experimental results show that the proposed large scale semi-supervised object detection network obtains the state-of-the-art performance, with the mAP of 38.1% on the ImageNet detection validation dataset.

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Oriented Object Detection in Aerial Images with Box Boundary-Aware Vectors

Aug 29, 2020
Jingru Yi, Pengxiang Wu, Bo Liu, Qiaoying Huang, Hui Qu, Dimitris Metaxas

Oriented object detection in aerial images is a challenging task as the objects in aerial images are displayed in arbitrary directions and are usually densely packed. Current oriented object detection methods mainly rely on two-stage anchor-based detectors. However, the anchor-based detectors typically suffer from a severe imbalance issue between the positive and negative anchor boxes. To address this issue, in this work we extend the horizontal keypoint-based object detector to the oriented object detection task. In particular, we first detect the center keypoints of the objects, based on which we then regress the box boundary-aware vectors (BBAVectors) to capture the oriented bounding boxes. The box boundary-aware vectors are distributed in the four quadrants of a Cartesian coordinate system for all arbitrarily oriented objects. To relieve the difficulty of learning the vectors in the corner cases, we further classify the oriented bounding boxes into horizontal and rotational bounding boxes. In the experiment, we show that learning the box boundary-aware vectors is superior to directly predicting the width, height, and angle of an oriented bounding box, as adopted in the baseline method. Besides, the proposed method competes favorably with state-of-the-art methods. Code is available at

* Accepted to WACV2021 
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