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EfficientDet: Scalable and Efficient Object Detection

Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2020)

Abstract

Model efficiency has become increasingly important in computer vision. In this paper, we systematically study neural network architecture design choices for object detection and propose several key optimizations to improve efficiency. First, we propose a weighted bi-directional feature pyramid network (BiFPN), which allows easy and fast multi-scale feature fusion; Second, we propose a compound scaling method that uniformly scales the resolution, depth, and width for all backbone, feature network, and box/class prediction networks at the same time. Based on these optimizations, we have developed a new family of object detectors, called EfficientDet, which consistently achieve much better efficiency than prior art across a wide spectrum of resource constraints. In particular, with single-model and single scale, our EfficientDet-D6 achieves state-of-the-art 50.9 mAP on COCO dataset with 52M parameters and 229B FLOPs, being 4x smaller and using 13x fewer FLOPs yet still more accurate (+0.2% mAP) than the best previous detector. Code is available at https://github.com/google/automl/tree/master/efficientdet.

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