Small object detection via precise region-based fully convolutional networks

Dengyong Zhang, Jiawei Hu, Arun Kumar Sangaiah, Shengli Sheng

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In the past several years, remarkable achievements have been made in the field of object detection. Although performance is generally improving, the accuracy of small object detection remains lowcomparedwith that of large object detection. In addition, localization misalignment issues are common for small objects, as seen in GoogLeNets and residual networks (ResNets). To address this problem, we propose an improved region-based fully convolutional network (R-FCN). The presented technique improves detection accuracy and eliminates localization misalignment by replacing positionsensitive region of interest (PS-RoI) pooling with position-sensitive precise region of interest (PS-Pr-RoI) pooling, which avoids coordinate quantization and directly calculates two-order integrals for position-sensitive score maps, thus preventing a loss of spatial precision. A validation experiment was conducted in which the Microsoft common objects in context (MS COCO) training dataset was oversampled. Results showed an accuracy improvement of 3.7% for object detection tasks and an increase of 6.0% for small objects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1503-1517
JournalDefault journal
StatePublished - 2021


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