FisheyeDet: A Self-study and Contour-based Object Detector in Fisheye Images

Tangwei Li, Guanjun Tong, Hongying Tang, Baoqing Li, Bo Chen
2020 IEEE Access  
Fisheye Images have attracted increasing attention from the research community due to their large field of view (LFOV). However, the geometric transformations inherent in fisheye cameras result in unknown spatial distortion and large variations in the appearance of objects. And this fact leads to poor performance of the state-of-the-art methods in conventional two-dimensional (2D) images. To address this problem, we propose a self-study and contour-based object detector in fisheye images, named
more » ... FisheyeDet. The No-prior Fisheye Representation Method is proposed to guarantee that the network adaptively extracts distortion features without prior information such as prespecified lens parameters, special calibration patterns, etc. Furthermore, in order to tightly and robustly localize objects in fisheye images, the Distortion Shape Matching strategy is proposed, which invokes the irregular quadrilateral bounding boxes based on the contour of distorted objects as the core. By combining with the "No-prior Fisheye Representation Method" and "Distortion Shape Matching", our proposed detector builds an end-to-end network. Finally, due to the lack of public fisheye datasets, we are on the first attempt to create a multi-class fisheye dataset VOC-Fisheye for object detection. Our proposed detector shows favorable generalization ability and achieves 74.87% mAP (mean average precision) on the VOC-Fisheye, outperforming the existing state-of-the-art methods. INDEX TERMS Fisheye, object detection and recognition, large field of view (LFOV), deep learning.
doi:10.1109/access.2020.2987868 fatcat:hbbuvheifjb2nc4fc3q6uxoc2e