Previous approaches for scene text detection have already achieved promising
performances across various benchmarks. However, they usually fall short when
dealing with challenging scenarios, even when equipped with deep neural network
models, because the overall performance is determined by the interplay of
multiple stages and components in the pipelines...
In this work, we propose a
simple yet powerful pipeline that yields fast and accurate text detection in
natural scenes. The pipeline directly predicts words or text lines of arbitrary
orientations and quadrilateral shapes in full images, eliminating unnecessary
intermediate steps (e.g., candidate aggregation and word partitioning), with a
single neural network. The simplicity of our pipeline allows concentrating
efforts on designing loss functions and neural network architecture. Experiments on standard datasets including ICDAR 2015, COCO-Text and MSRA-TD500
demonstrate that the proposed algorithm significantly outperforms
state-of-the-art methods in terms of both accuracy and efficiency. On the ICDAR
2015 dataset, the proposed algorithm achieves an F-score of 0.7820 at 13.2fps
at 720p resolution.