SWIPENET: Object detection in noisy underwater scenes
Deep learning based object detection methods have achieved promising performance in controlled environments. However, these methods lack sufficient capabilities to handle underwater object detection due to these challenges: (1) images in the underwater datasets and real applications are blurry whilst accompanying severe noise that confuses the detectors and (2) objects in real applications are usually small. In this paper, we propose a Sample-WeIghted hyPEr Network (SWIPENET), and a novel training paradigm named Curriculum Multi-Class Adaboost (CMA), to address these two problems at the same time. Firstly, the backbone of SWIPENET produces multiple high resolution and semantic-rich Hyper Feature Maps, which significantly improve small object detection. Secondly, inspired by the human education process that drives the learning from easy to hard concepts, we propose the noise-robust CMA training paradigm that learns the clean data first and then move on to learns the diverse noisy data. Experiments on four underwater object detection datasets show that the proposed SWIPENET+CMA framework achieves better or competitive accuracy in object detection against several state-of-the-art approaches.
Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. LY19F030011
Author affiliationSchool of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Leicester
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