Attention-Guided Region Proposal Network for Pedestrian Detection

Rui SUN  Huihui WANG  Jun ZHANG  Xudong ZHANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E102-D   No.10   pp.2072-2076
Publication Date: 2019/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2019EDL8027
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Image Recognition, Computer Vision
pedestrian detection,  region proposal network,  attention mechanism,  boosted forests,  

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As a research hotspot and difficulty in the field of computer vision, pedestrian detection has been widely used in intelligent driving and traffic monitoring. The popular detection method at present uses region proposal network (RPN) to generate candidate regions, and then classifies the regions. But the RPN produces many erroneous candidate areas, causing region proposals for false positives to increase. This letter uses improved residual attention network to capture the visual attention map of images, then normalized to get the attention score map. The attention score map is used to guide the RPN network to generate more precise candidate regions containing potential target objects. The region proposals, confidence scores, and features generated by the RPN are used to train a cascaded boosted forest classifier to obtain the final results. The experimental results show that our proposed approach achieves highly competitive results on the Caltech and ETH datasets.