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CornerNet-Lite: Efficient Keypoint Based Object Detection

arXiv preprint, April 2019

Hei Law, Yun Teng,
Olga Russakovsky, Jia Deng

Keypoint-based methods are a relatively new paradigm in object detection, eliminating the need for anchor boxes and offering a simplified detection framework. Keypoint-based CornerNet achieves state of the art accuracy among single-stage detectors. However, this accuracy comes at high processing cost. In this work, we tackle the problem of efficient keypoint-based object detection and introduce CornerNet-Lite. CornerNet-Lite is a combination of two efficient variants of CornerNet: CornerNet-Saccade, which uses an attention mechanism to eliminate the need for exhaustively processing all pixels of the image, and CornerNet-Squeeze, which introduces a new compact backbone architecture. Together these two variants address the two critical use cases in efficient object detection: improving efficiency without sacrificing accuracy, and improving accuracy at real-time efficiency. CornerNet-Saccade is suitable for offline processing, improving the efficiency of CornerNet by 6.0x and the AP by 1.0% on COCO. CornerNet-Squeeze is suitable for real-time detection, improving both the efficiency and accuracy of the popular real-time detector YOLOv3 (34.4% AP at 34ms for CornerNet-Squeeze compared to 33.0% AP at 39ms for YOLOv3 on COCO). Together these contributions for the first time reveal the potential of keypoint-based detection to be useful for applications requiring processing efficiency.

Hei Law, Yun Teng, Olga Russakovsky, and Jia Deng.
"CornerNet-Lite: Efficient Keypoint Based Object Detection."
arXiv:1904.08900, April 2019.


   author = "Hei Law and Yun Teng and Olga Russakovsky and Jia Deng",
   title = "{CornerNet-Lite}: Efficient Keypoint Based Object Detection",
   institution = "arXiv preprint",
   year = "2019",
   month = apr,
   number = "1904.08900"