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Journal Articles Pattern Recognition Letters Year : 2022

Unsupervised thermal-to-visible domain adaptation method for pedestrian detection


Pedestrian detection is a common task in the research area of video analysis and its results lay the foundations of a wide range of applications. It is commonly known that under challenging illumination and weather conditions, conventional visible cameras perform poorly and this limitation could be catered using thermal imagery. But, due to the fact that annotated thermal datasets are less available compared to the visible ones, in this paper we emphasis the need for leveraging information from the visible domain to perform detection in the thermal domain at no additional annotation cost. Precisely, we propose a domain adaptation method by incorporating feature distribution alignments into Faster R-CNN architecture at different levels and at two phases of the network. The resulting proposed adaptive detector has the advantage of covering different aspects of the domain shift in order to improve the overall performance. The proposed detector is evaluated on KAIST multispectral dataset and the obtained results demonstrate its effectiveness by improving the adaptability in the thermal domain. Also, by means of comparisons to other existing works, better results are obtained. Additional experiments are conducted on other datasets to further justify the obtained results.
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hal-03909874 , version 1 (03-02-2023)


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Mohamed Amine Marnissi, Hajer Fradi, Anis Sahbani, Najoua Essoukri Ben Amara. Unsupervised thermal-to-visible domain adaptation method for pedestrian detection. Pattern Recognition Letters, 2022. ⟨hal-03909874⟩
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