SCRDet: Towards More Robust Detection for Small, Cluttered and Rotated Objects

Xue Yang, Jirui Yang, Junchi Yan, Yue Zhang, Tengfei Zhang, Zhi Guo, Xian Sun, Kun Fu; The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 8232-8241


Object detection has been a building block in computer vision. Though considerable progress has been made, there still exist challenges for objects with small size, arbitrary direction, and dense distribution. Apart from natural images, such issues are especially pronounced for aerial images of great importance. This paper presents a novel multi-category rotation detector for small, cluttered and rotated objects, namely SCRDet. Specifically, a sampling fusion network is devised which fuses multi-layer feature with effective anchor sampling, to improve the sensitivity to small objects. Meanwhile, the supervised pixel attention network and the channel attention network are jointly explored for small and cluttered object detection by suppressing the noise and highlighting the objects feature. For more accurate rotation estimation, the IoU constant factor is added to the smooth L1 loss to address the boundary problem for the rotating bounding box. Extensive experiments on two remote sensing public datasets DOTA, NWPU VHR-10 as well as natural image datasets COCO, VOC2007 and scene text data ICDAR2015 show the state-of-the-art performance of our detector. The code and models will be available at

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author = {Yang, Xue and Yang, Jirui and Yan, Junchi and Zhang, Yue and Zhang, Tengfei and Guo, Zhi and Sun, Xian and Fu, Kun},
title = {SCRDet: Towards More Robust Detection for Small, Cluttered and Rotated Objects},
booktitle = {The IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}