Print Defect Mapping with Semantic Segmentation

Augusto Valente, Cristina Wada, Deangela Neves, Deangeli Neves, Fabio Perez, Guilherme Megeto, Marcos Cascone, Otavio Gomes, Qian Lin; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2020, pp. 3551-3559


Efficient automated print defect mapping is valuable to the printing industry since such defects directly influence customer-perceived printer quality and manually mapping them is cost-ineffective. Conventional methods consist of complicated and hand-crafted feature engineering techniques, usually targeting only one type of defect. In this paper, we propose the first end-to-end framework to map print defects at pixel level, adopting an approach based on semantic segmentation. Our framework uses Convolutional Neural Networks, specifically DeepLab-v3+, and achieves promising results in the identification of defects in printed images. We use synthetic training data by simulating two types of print defects and a print-scan effect with image processing and computer graphic techniques. Compared with conventional methods, our framework is versatile, allowing two inference strategies, one being near real-time and providing coarser results, and the other focusing on offline processing with more fine-grained detection. Our model is evaluated on a dataset of real printed images.

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author = {Valente, Augusto and Wada, Cristina and Neves, Deangela and Neves, Deangeli and Perez, Fabio and Megeto, Guilherme and Cascone, Marcos and Gomes, Otavio and Lin, Qian},
title = {Print Defect Mapping with Semantic Segmentation},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV)},
month = {March},
year = {2020}