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"Object Detection": models, code, and papers

Objects as context for detecting their semantic parts

Mar 27, 2018
Abel Gonzalez-Garcia, Davide Modolo, Vittorio Ferrari

We present a semantic part detection approach that effectively leverages object information.We use the object appearance and its class as indicators of what parts to expect. We also model the expected relative location of parts inside the objects based on their appearance. We achieve this with a new network module, called OffsetNet, that efficiently predicts a variable number of part locations within a given object. Our model incorporates all these cues to detect parts in the context of their objects. This leads to considerably higher performance for the challenging task of part detection compared to using part appearance alone (+5 mAP on the PASCAL-Part dataset). We also compare to other part detection methods on both PASCAL-Part and CUB200-2011 datasets.

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HOTR: End-to-End Human-Object Interaction Detection with Transformers

Apr 28, 2021
Bumsoo Kim, Junhyun Lee, Jaewoo Kang, Eun-Sol Kim, Hyunwoo J. Kim

Human-Object Interaction (HOI) detection is a task of identifying "a set of interactions" in an image, which involves the i) localization of the subject (i.e., humans) and target (i.e., objects) of interaction, and ii) the classification of the interaction labels. Most existing methods have indirectly addressed this task by detecting human and object instances and individually inferring every pair of the detected instances. In this paper, we present a novel framework, referred to by HOTR, which directly predicts a set of triplets from an image based on a transformer encoder-decoder architecture. Through the set prediction, our method effectively exploits the inherent semantic relationships in an image and does not require time-consuming post-processing which is the main bottleneck of existing methods. Our proposed algorithm achieves the state-of-the-art performance in two HOI detection benchmarks with an inference time under 1 ms after object detection.

* Accepted to CVPR 2021 (Oral Presentation) 
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Confidence Calibration for Object Detection and Segmentation

Mar 02, 2022
Fabian Küppers, Anselm Haselhoff, Jan Kronenberger, Jonas Schneider

Calibrated confidence estimates obtained from neural networks are crucial, particularly for safety-critical applications such as autonomous driving or medical image diagnosis. However, although the task of confidence calibration has been investigated on classification problems, thorough investigations on object detection and segmentation problems are still missing. Therefore, we focus on the investigation of confidence calibration for object detection and segmentation models in this chapter. We introduce the concept of multivariate confidence calibration that is an extension of well-known calibration methods to the task of object detection and segmentation. This allows for an extended confidence calibration that is also aware of additional features such as bounding box/pixel position, shape information, etc. Furthermore, we extend the expected calibration error (ECE) to measure miscalibration of object detection and segmentation models. We examine several network architectures on MS COCO as well as on Cityscapes and show that especially object detection as well as instance segmentation models are intrinsically miscalibrated given the introduced definition of calibration. Using our proposed calibration methods, we have been able to improve calibration so that it also has a positive impact on the quality of segmentation masks as well.

* Book chapter in: Tim Fingerscheidt, Hanno Gottschalk, Sebastian Houben (eds.): "Deep Neural Networks and Data for Automated Driving", pp. 255--282, Springer Nature Switzerland, 2022 
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Spatial Memory for Context Reasoning in Object Detection

Apr 13, 2017
Xinlei Chen, Abhinav Gupta

Modeling instance-level context and object-object relationships is extremely challenging. It requires reasoning about bounding boxes of different classes, locations \etc. Above all, instance-level spatial reasoning inherently requires modeling conditional distributions on previous detections. Unfortunately, our current object detection systems do not have any {\bf memory} to remember what to condition on! The state-of-the-art object detectors still detect all object in parallel followed by non-maximal suppression (NMS). While memory has been used for tasks such as captioning, they mostly use image-level memory cells without capturing the spatial layout. On the other hand, modeling object-object relationships requires {\bf spatial} reasoning -- not only do we need a memory to store the spatial layout, but also a effective reasoning module to extract spatial patterns. This paper presents a conceptually simple yet powerful solution -- Spatial Memory Network (SMN), to model the instance-level context efficiently and effectively. Our spatial memory essentially assembles object instances back into a pseudo "image" representation that is easy to be fed into another ConvNet for object-object context reasoning. This leads to a new sequential reasoning architecture where image and memory are processed in parallel to obtain detections which update the memory again. We show our SMN direction is promising as it provides 2.2\% improvement over baseline Faster RCNN on the COCO dataset so far.

* Draft submitted to ICCV 2017 
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Monte Carlo DropBlock for Modelling Uncertainty in Object Detection

Aug 08, 2021
Kumari Deepshikha, Sai Harsha Yelleni, P. K. Srijith, C Krishna Mohan

With the advancements made in deep learning, computer vision problems like object detection and segmentation have seen a great improvement in performance. However, in many real-world applications such as autonomous driving vehicles, the risk associated with incorrect predictions of objects is very high. Standard deep learning models for object detection such as YOLO models are often overconfident in their predictions and do not take into account the uncertainty in predictions on out-of-distribution data. In this work, we propose an efficient and effective approach to model uncertainty in object detection and segmentation tasks using Monte-Carlo DropBlock (MC-DropBlock) based inference. The proposed approach applies drop-block during training time and test time on the convolutional layer of the deep learning models such as YOLO. We show that this leads to a Bayesian convolutional neural network capable of capturing the epistemic uncertainty in the model. Additionally, we capture the aleatoric uncertainty using a Gaussian likelihood. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach on modeling uncertainty in object detection and segmentation tasks using out-of-distribution experiments. Experimental results show that MC-DropBlock improves the generalization, calibration, and uncertainty modeling capabilities of YOLO models in object detection and segmentation.

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Learning Gaussian Maps for Dense Object Detection

Apr 30, 2020
Sonaal Kant

Object detection is a famous branch of research in computer vision, many state of the art object detection algorithms have been introduced in the recent past, but how good are those object detectors when it comes to dense object detection? In this paper we review common and highly accurate object detection methods on the scenes where numerous similar looking objects are placed in close proximity with each other. We also show that, multi-task learning of gaussian maps along with classification and bounding box regression gives us a significant boost in accuracy over the baseline. We introduce Gaussian Layer and Gaussian Decoder in the existing RetinaNet network for better accuracy in dense scenes, with the same computational cost as the RetinaNet. We show the gain of 6\% and 5\% in mAP with respect to baseline RetinaNet. Our method also achieves the state of the art accuracy on the SKU110K \cite{sku110k} dataset.

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Residual Bi-Fusion Feature Pyramid Network for Accurate Single-shot Object Detection

Dec 10, 2019
Ping-Yang Chen, Jun-Wei Hsieh, Chien-Yao Wang, Hong-Yuan Mark Liao, Munkhjargal Gochoo

State-of-the-art (SoTA) models have improved the accuracy of object detection with a large margin via a FP (feature pyramid). FP is a top-down aggregation to collect semantically strong features to improve scale invariance in both two-stage and one-stage detectors. However, this top-down pathway cannot preserve accurate object positions due to the shift-effect of pooling. Thus, the advantage of FP to improve detection accuracy will disappear when more layers are used. The original FP lacks a bottom-up pathway to offset the lost information from lower-layer feature maps. It performs well in large-sized object detection but poor in small-sized object detection. A new structure "residual feature pyramid" is proposed in this paper. It is bidirectional to fuse both deep and shallow features towards more effective and robust detection for both small-sized and large-sized objects. Due to the "residual" nature, it can be easily trained and integrated to different backbones (even deeper or lighter) than other bi-directional methods. One important property of this residual FP is: accuracy improvement is still found even if more layers are adopted. Extensive experiments on VOC and MS COCO datasets showed the proposed method achieved the SoTA results for highly-accurate and efficient object detection..

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Improving a Quality of 3D Object Detection by Spatial Transformation Mechanism

Sep 27, 2019
Kiwoo Shin, Masayoshi Tomizuka

We present an endpoint box regression module(epBRM), which is designed for predicting precise 3D bounding boxes using raw LiDAR 3D point clouds. The proposed epBRM is built with sequence of small networks and is computationally lightweight. Our approach can improve a 3D object detection performance by predicting more precise 3D bounding box coordinates. The proposed approach requires 40 minutes of training to improve the detection performance. Moreover, epBRM imposes less than 12ms to network inference time for up-to 20 objects. The proposed approach utilizes a spatial transformation mechanism to simplify the box regression task. Adopting spatial transformation mechanism into epBRM makes it possible to improve the quality of detection with a small sized network. We conduct in-depth analysis of the effect of various spatial transformation mechanisms applied on raw LiDAR 3D point clouds. We also evaluate the proposed epBRM by applying it to several state-of-the-art 3D object detection systems. We evaluate our approach on KITTI dataset, a standard 3D object detection benchmark for autonomous vehicles. The proposed epBRM enhances the overlaps between ground truth bounding boxes and detected bounding boxes, and improves 3D object detection. Our proposed method evaluated in KITTI test server outperforms current state-of-the-art approaches.

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