Efficient and Accurate Arbitrary-Shaped Text Detection With Pixel Aggregation Network

Wenhai Wang, Enze Xie, Xiaoge Song, Yuhang Zang, Wenjia Wang, Tong Lu, Gang Yu, Chunhua Shen; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 8440-8449


Scene text detection, an important step of scene text reading systems, has witnessed rapid development with convolutional neural networks. Nonetheless, two main challenges still exist and hamper its deployment to real-world applications. The first problem is the trade-off between speed and accuracy. The second one is to model the arbitrary-shaped text instance. Recently, some methods have been proposed to tackle arbitrary-shaped text detection, but they rarely take the speed of the entire pipeline into consideration, which may fall short in practical applications. In this paper, we propose an efficient and accurate arbitrary-shaped text detector, termed Pixel Aggregation Network (PAN), which is equipped with a low computational-cost segmentation head and a learnable post-processing. More specifically, the segmentation head is made up of Feature Pyramid Enhancement Module (FPEM) and Feature Fusion Module (FFM). FPEM is a cascadable U-shaped module, which can introduce multi-level information to guide the better segmentation. FFM can gather the features given by the FPEMs of different depths into a final feature for segmentation. The learnable post-processing is implemented by Pixel Aggregation (PA), which can precisely aggregate text pixels by predicted similarity vectors. Experiments on several standard benchmarks validate the superiority of the proposed PAN. It is worth noting that our method can achieve a competitive F-measure of 79.9% at 84.2 FPS on CTW1500.

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author = {Wang, Wenhai and Xie, Enze and Song, Xiaoge and Zang, Yuhang and Wang, Wenjia and Lu, Tong and Yu, Gang and Shen, Chunhua},
title = {Efficient and Accurate Arbitrary-Shaped Text Detection With Pixel Aggregation Network},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}