Single Shot Text Detector With Regional Attention

Pan He, Weilin Huang, Tong He, Qile Zhu, Yu Qiao, Xiaolin Li; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2017, pp. 3047-3055


We present a novel single-shot text detector that directly outputs word-level bounding boxes in a natural image. We propose an attention mechanism which roughly identifies text regions via an automatically learned attentional map. This substantially suppresses background interference in the convolutional features, which is the key to producing accurate inference of words, particularly at extremely small sizes. This results in a single model that essentially works in a coarse-to-fine manner. It departs from recent FCN-based text detectors which cascade multiple FCN models to achieve an accurate prediction. Furthermore, we develop a hierarchical inception module which efficiently aggregates multi-scale inception features. This enhances local details, and also encodes strong context information, allowing the detector to work reliably on multi-scale and multi-orientation text with single-scale images. Our text detector achieves an F-measure of 77% on the ICDAR 2015 benchmark, advancing the state-of-the-art results.

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author = {He, Pan and Huang, Weilin and He, Tong and Zhu, Qile and Qiao, Yu and Li, Xiaolin},
title = {Single Shot Text Detector With Regional Attention},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {Oct},
year = {2017}