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LCDet: Low-Complexity Fully-Convolutional Neural Networks for Object Detection in Embedded Systems

05/16/2017
by   Subarna Tripathi, et al.
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Deep convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) are the state-of-the-art performers for object detection task. It is well known that object detection requires more computation and memory than image classification. Thus the consolidation of a CNN-based object detection for an embedded system is more challenging. In this work, we propose LCDet, a fully-convolutional neural network for generic object detection that aims to work in embedded systems. We design and develop an end-to-end TensorFlow(TF)-based model. Additionally, we employ 8-bit quantization on the learned weights. We use face detection as a use case. Our TF-Slim based network can predict different faces of different shapes and sizes in a single forward pass. Our experimental results show that the proposed method achieves comparative accuracy comparing with state-of-the-art CNN-based face detection methods, while reducing the model size by 3x and memory-BW by 4x comparing with one of the best real-time CNN-based object detector such as YOLO. TF 8-bit quantized model provides additional 4x memory reduction while keeping the accuracy as good as the floating point model. The proposed model thus becomes amenable for embedded implementations.

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