Simultaneous Traffic Sign Detection and Boundary Estimation Using Convolutional Neural Network

The authors propose a novel traffic sign detection system that simultaneously estimates the location and precise boundary of traffic signs using convolutional neural network (CNN). Estimating the precise boundary of traffic signs is important in navigation systems for intelligent vehicles where traffic signs can be used as 3-D landmarks for road environment. Previous traffic sign detection systems, including recent methods based on CNN, only provide bounding boxes of traffic signs as output, and thus requires additional processes such as contour estimation or image segmentation to obtain the precise boundary of signs. In this paper, the boundary estimation of traffic sign is formulated as 2-D pose and shape class prediction problem, and this is effectively solved by a single CNN. With the predicted 2-D pose and the shape class of a target traffic sign in the input, the authors estimate the actual boundary of the target sign by projecting the boundary of a corresponding template sign image into the input image plane. By formulating the boundary estimation problem as a CNN-based pose and shape prediction task, the method that the authors use is end-to-end trainable, and more robust to occlusion and small targets than other boundary estimation methods that rely on contour estimation or image segmentation. With the architectural optimization of the CNN-based traffic sign detection network, the proposed method of the authors shows a detection frame rate higher than seven frames/second while providing highly accurate and robust traffic sign detection and boundary estimation results on a low-power mobile platform.

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  • Accession Number: 01671101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TLIB, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2018 10:54AM