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A Region-Based Deep Learning Approach to Automated Retail Checkout
Automating the product checkout process at conventional retail stores is a task poised to have large impacts on society generally speaking. Towards this end, reliable deep learning models that enable automated product counting for fast customer checkout can make this goal a reality. In this work, we propose a novel, region-based deep learning approach to automate product counting using a customized YOLOv5 object detection pipeline and the DeepSORT algorithm. Our results on challenging, real-world test videos demonstrate that our method can generalize its predictions to a sufficient level of accuracy and with a fast enough runtime to warrant deployment to real-world commercial settings. Our proposed method won 4th place in the 2022 AI City Challenge, Track 4, with an F1 score of 0.4400 on experimental validation data.