Traffic-Sign Detection and Classification in the Wild

Zhe Zhu, Dun Liang, Songhai Zhang, Xiaolei Huang, Baoli Li, Shimin Hu; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016, pp. 2110-2118


Although promising results have been achieved in the areas of traffic-sign detection and classification, few works have provided simultaneous solutions to these two tasks for realistic real world images. We make two contributions to this problem. Firstly, we have created a large traffic-sign benchmark from 100000 Tencent Street View panoramas, going beyond previous benchmarks. It provides 100000 images containing 30000 traffic-sign instances. These images cover large variations in illuminance and weather conditions. Each traffic-sign in the benchmark is annotated with a class label, its bounding box and pixel mask. We call this benchmark Tsinghua-Tencent 100K. Secondly, we demonstrate how a robust end-to-end convolutional neural network (CNN) can simultaneously detect and classify traffic-signs. Most previous CNN image processing solutions target objects that occupy a large proportion of an image, and such networks do not work well for target objects occupying only a small fraction of an image like the traffic-signs here. Experimental results show the robustness of our network and its superiority to alternatives. The benchmark, source code and the CNN model introduced in this paper is publicly available.

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author = {Zhu, Zhe and Liang, Dun and Zhang, Songhai and Huang, Xiaolei and Li, Baoli and Hu, Shimin},
title = {Traffic-Sign Detection and Classification in the Wild},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2016}