Improving object detection from scratch via gated feature reuse

Zhiqiang Shen, Honghui Shi, Jiahui Yu, Hai Phan, Rogerio Feris, Liangliang Cao, Ding Liu, Xinchao Wang, Thomas Huang, Marios Savvides

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In this paper, we present a simple and parameter-efficient drop-in module for one-stage object detectors like SSD [25] when learning from scratch (i.e., without pre-trained models). We call our module GFR (Gated Feature Reuse), which exhibits two main advantages. First, we introduce a novel gate-controlled prediction strategy enabled by Squeeze-and-Excitation [14] to adaptively enhance or attenuate supervision at different scales based on the input object size. As a result, our model is more effective in detecting diverse sizes of objects. Second, we propose a feature-pyramids structure to squeeze rich spatial and semantic features into a single prediction layer, which strengthens feature representation and reduces the number of parameters to learn. We apply the proposed structure on DSOD [31, 32] and SSD [25] detection frameworks, and evaluate the performance on PASCAL VOC 2007, 2012, 2012 Comp3 and COCO datasets. With fewer model parameters, GFR-DSOD outperforms the baseline DSOD by 1.4%, 1.1%, 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively. GFR-SSD also outperforms the original SSD and SSD with dense prediction by 3.6% and 2.8% on VOC 2007 dataset. Code is available at:

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2020
Event30th British Machine Vision Conference, BMVC 2019 - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 9 2019Sep 12 2019


Conference30th British Machine Vision Conference, BMVC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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