Dense Residual Network: Enhancing Global Dense Feature Flow for Character Recognition

23 Jan 2020  ·  Zhao Zhang, Zemin Tang, Yang Wang, Zheng Zhang, Choujun Zhan, ZhengJun Zha, Meng Wang ·

Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), such as Dense Convolutional Networks (DenseNet), have achieved great success for image representation by discovering deep hierarchical information. However, most existing networks simply stacks the convolutional layers and hence failing to fully discover local and global feature information among layers. In this paper, we mainly explore how to enhance the local and global dense feature flow by exploiting hierarchical features fully from all the convolution layers. Technically, we propose an efficient and effective CNN framework, i.e., Fast Dense Residual Network (FDRN), for text recognition. To construct FDRN, we propose a new fast residual dense block (f-RDB) to retain the ability of local feature fusion and local residual learning of original RDB, which can reduce the computing efforts at the same time. After fully learning local residual dense features, we utilize the sum operation and several f-RDBs to define a new block termed global dense block (GDB) by imitating the construction of dense blocks to learn global dense residual features adaptively in a holistic way. Finally, we use two convolution layers to construct a down-sampling block to reduce the global feature size and extract deeper features. Extensive simulations show that FDRN obtains the enhanced recognition results, compared with other related models.

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