CRPN-SFNet: A High-Performance Object Detector on Large-Scale Remote Sensing Images

28 Oct 2020  ·  QiFeng Lin, Jianhui Zhao, Gang Fu, and Zhiyong Yuan, Member, IEEE ·

Limited by the GPU memory, the current mainstream detectors fail to directly apply to large-scale remote sensing images for object detection. Moreover, the scale range of objects in remote sensing images is much wider than that of general images, which also greatly hinders the existing methods to effectively detect geospatial objects of various scales. For achieving high-performance object detection on large-scale remote sensing images, this article proposes a much faster and more accurate detecting framework, called cropping region proposal network-based scale folding network (CRPN-SFNet). In our framework, the CRPN includes a weak semantic RPN for quickly locating interesting regions and a strategy of generating cropping regions to effectively filter out meaningless regions, which can greatly reduce the computation and storage burden. Meanwhile, the proposed SFNet leverages the scale folding-based training and testing methods to extend the valid detection range of existing detectors, which is beneficial for detecting remote sensing objects of various scales, including very small and very large geospatial objects. Extensive experiments on the public Dataset for Object deTection in Aerial images data set indicate that our CRPN can help our detector deal the larger image faster with the limited GPU memory; meanwhile, the SFNet is beneficial to achieve more accurate detection of geospatial objects with wide-scale range. For large-scale remote sensing images, the proposed detection framework outperforms the state-of-the-art object detection methods in terms of accuracy and speed



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