A one-and-half stage pedestrian detector

Ujjwal Ujjwal, Aziz Dziri, Bertrand Leroy, Francois Bremond; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 776-785


Pedestrian detection is a specific instance of the more general problem of object detection in computer vision. A balance between detection accuracy and speed is a desirable trait for pedestrian detection systems in many applications such as self-driving cars. In this paper, we follow the wisdom of " and less is often more" to achieve this balance. We propose a lightweight mechanism based on semantic segmentation to reduce the number of anchors to be processed. We furthermore unify this selection with the intra-anchor feature pooling strategy adopted in high performance two-stage detectors such as Faster-RCNN. Such astrategy is avoided in one-stage detectors like SSD in favourof faster inference but at the cost of reducing the accuracy vis-`a-vis two-stage detectors. However our anchor selection renders it practical to use feature pooling without giving up the inference speed. Our proposed approach succeeds in detecting pedestrians with state-of-art performance on caltech-reasonable and ciypersons datasets with inference speeds of 32fps.

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author = {Ujjwal, Ujjwal and Dziri, Aziz and Leroy, Bertrand and Bremond, Francois},
title = {A one-and-half stage pedestrian detector},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}