Crowd Counting via Hierarchical Scale Recalibration Network

7 Mar 2020  ·  Zhikang Zou, Yifan Liu, Shuangjie Xu, Wei Wei, Shiping Wen, Pan Zhou ·

The task of crowd counting is extremely challenging due to complicated difficulties, especially the huge variation in vision scale. Previous works tend to adopt a naive concatenation of multi-scale information to tackle it, while the scale shifts between the feature maps are ignored... In this paper, we propose a novel Hierarchical Scale Recalibration Network (HSRNet), which addresses the above issues by modeling rich contextual dependencies and recalibrating multiple scale-associated information. Specifically, a Scale Focus Module (SFM) first integrates global context into local features by modeling the semantic inter-dependencies along channel and spatial dimensions sequentially. In order to reallocate channel-wise feature responses, a Scale Recalibration Module (SRM) adopts a step-by-step fusion to generate final density maps. Furthermore, we propose a novel Scale Consistency loss to constrain that the scale-associated outputs are coherent with groundtruth of different scales. With the proposed modules, our approach can ignore various noises selectively and focus on appropriate crowd scales automatically. Extensive experiments on crowd counting datasets (ShanghaiTech, MALL, WorldEXPO'10, and UCSD) show that our HSRNet can deliver superior results over all state-of-the-art approaches. More remarkably, we extend experiments on an extra vehicle dataset, whose results indicate that the proposed model is generalized to other applications. read more

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