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An advanced combination of semi-supervised Normalizing Flow Yolo (YoloNF) to detect and recognize vehicle license plates

by   Khalid Oublal, et al.
Ecole Polytechnique

Fully Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) has been a frequent research topic due to several practical applications. However, many of the current solutions are still not robust enough in real situations, commonly depending on many constraints. This paper presents a robust and efficient ALPR system based on the state-of-the-art YOLO object detector and Normalizing flows. The model uses two new strategies. Firstly, a two-stage network using YOLO and a normalization flow-based model for normalization to detect Licenses Plates (LP) and recognize the LP with numbers and Arabic characters. Secondly, Multi-scale image transformations are implemented to provide a solution to the problem of the YOLO cropped LP detection including significant background noise. Furthermore, extensive experiments are led on a new dataset with realistic scenarios, we introduce a larger public annotated dataset collected from Moroccan plates. We demonstrate that our proposed model can learn on a small number of samples free of single or multiple characters. The dataset will also be made publicly available to encourage further studies and research on plate detection and recognition.


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