Towards Universal Object Detection by Domain Attention

Xudong Wang, Zhaowei Cai, Dashan Gao, Nuno Vasconcelos; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2019, pp. 7289-7298

Abstract


Despite increasing efforts on universal representations for visual recognition, few have addressed object detection. In this paper, we develop an effective and efficient universal object detection system that is capable of working on various image domains, from human faces and traffic signs to medical CT images. Unlike multi-domain models, this universal model does not require prior knowledge of the domain of interest. This is achieved by the introduction of a new family of adaptation layers, based on the principles of squeeze and excitation, and a new domain-attention mechanism. In the proposed universal detector, all parameters and computations are shared across domains, and a single network processes all domains all the time. Experiments, on a newly established universal object detection benchmark of 11 diverse datasets, show that the proposed detector outperforms a bank of individual detectors, a multi-domain detector, and a baseline universal detector, with a 1.3x parameter increase over a single-domain baseline detector. The code and benchmark are available at http://www.svcl.ucsd.edu/projects/universal-detection/.

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@InProceedings{Wang_2019_CVPR,
author = {Wang, Xudong and Cai, Zhaowei and Gao, Dashan and Vasconcelos, Nuno},
title = {Towards Universal Object Detection by Domain Attention},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2019}
}