Funnel Activation for Visual Recognition

ECCV 2020  ·  Ningning Ma, Xiangyu Zhang, Jian Sun ·

We present a conceptually simple but effective funnel activation for image recognition tasks, called Funnel activation (FReLU), that extends ReLU and PReLU to a 2D activation by adding a negligible overhead of spatial condition. The forms of ReLU and PReLU are y = max(x, 0) and y = max(x, px), respectively, while FReLU is in the form of y = max(x,T(x)), where T(x) is the 2D spatial condition. Moreover, the spatial condition achieves a pixel-wise modeling capacity in a simple way, capturing complicated visual layouts with regular convolutions. We conduct experiments on ImageNet, COCO detection, and semantic segmentation tasks, showing great improvements and robustness of FReLU in the visual recognition tasks. Code is available at

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