Deformable Convolutional Neural Networks

Since different locations may correspond to objects with different scales or deformations, one way to handle geometric transformations by CNN is to use transformation-invariant features and algorithms. However, this has a few pitfalls, such as receptive field sizes of all activation units in the same CNN layer are same. Deformable CNN improves CNN’s ability to model geometric transformations.
It adds two modules, first the deformable convolutions, which adds 2D offsets to the regular grid sampling locations in the standard convolution. It allows the sampling grid to be deformed in whatever way it wants. Offsets are added to the standard grid R. The sampling is done at irregular and offsets positions.Since the offset is typically fractional, bilinear interpolation is used, with p denoting an arbitrary fractional position. Additional convolutional layers are used to learn the offsets from the previous feature maps. As a result, the deformation is local, dense, and adaptively conditioned on the input features.Deformable RoI pooling is the second choice. It applies an offset to each bin position in the previous RoI pooling’s standard bin partition. The offsets are learned from the feature maps and ROIs that came before, allowing adaptive component localization for objects of various shapes. Offsets are applied to the spatial binning positions in deformable RoI pooling.Typically, P is fractional and is implemented by bi-linear interpolation.Both modules are small and compact. For offset learning, they incorporate a minimal number of parameters and computation. They can effectively substitute plain counterparts in deep CNNs because they have the same input and output as plain counterparts and can be conditioned end-to-end with regular backpropagation. These additional Conv and FC layers for offset learning are initialized with zero weights in the training. Their learning rates are set to variations of the current layers’ learning rates. Backpropagation is used to train them by bilinear interpolation operations. Deformable convolutional networks, or deformable ConvNets, are the resultant CNNs. We should recognize that there are two stages to integrating deformable ConvNets with state-of-the-art CNN architectures.A deep fully convolutional network creates feature maps across the entire input image first. The results of the feature maps are then generated by a shallow task-specific network. The FC layers and average pooling are eliminated. Finally, to minimize the channel dimension to 1024, a randomly initialized 1*1 convolution is added. To maximize feature map resolution, the effective stride in the last convolutional block is decreased from 32 pixels to 16 pixels, as is standard practice. Specifically, the stride is shifted from 2 to 1 at the start of the last block. To compensate, all of the convolution filters in this block’s dilation is increased from 1 to 2. Networks of Segmentation and Detection The output feature maps from the feature extraction network are used to build a task-specific network. Finally, the RoI pooling layer is applied.Two FC layers of dimension 1024 are applied on top of the pooled RoI features, followed by the bounding box regression and the classification parts. While such simplification will reduce precision slightly, it still provides a solid baseline and is not a problem in this study. Deformable ConvNets have a minor impact on model parameters and computation. Other than increasing model parameters, this means that the substantial performance gain is due to the ability to model geometric transformations.Deformable Convolutional Networks’ superior success stems from their ability to respond to object geometric variations. Samples for an activation unit appear to cluster around the target on which it lies while causing changes in the receptive field through the arrangement of offset sampling positions. Since the coverage of an item is inexact, displaying a spread of samples outside the field of interest is observed.Changes were made to enhance the network’s modeling capacity and allow it to take advantage of this improved capability in Deformable ConvNets v2 (DCNv2) to strengthen its ability to respond to geometric variations. This improvement in modeling capabilities comes in two aspects, all of which are complementary. The first is the expanded use of deformable convolution layers within the network.In the conv3-conv5 stages, we find that using deformable layers achieves the best balance between precision and performance for object detection.Through equipping more convolutional layers with offset learning capabilities, DCNv2 can track sampling over a wider range of feature levels. The second is a modulation function in the deformable convolution modules, in which each sample is modulated by a learned attribute amplitude in addition to a learned offset.As a result, the network module now has the power to change the spatial distribution as well as the relative control of its samples. Deformable ConvNets modules can modulate the amplitudes of input features from various spatial locations/bins as well as change offsets in perceiving input features.In the most extreme scenario, a module may set its function amplitude to zero and determine not to detect signals from a certain location/bin. As a result, image material from the corresponding spatial position would have a minimal effect on the module quality, if any at all. As a result, the modulation function gives the network module more flexibility in adjusting its spatial service regions.
Efficient training is performed using an instructor network for this purpose, where the teacher directs instruction, to completely leverage the improved modeling capability of DCNv2. R-CNN is the instructor that we use directly. R-CNN learns attributes that are unaffected by irrelevant information outside the area of interest because it is a network equipped for classification on cropped image material. To replicate this property, DCNv2 integrates a feature mimicking loss into its training, which favors the learning of R-CNN-like features. For its improved deformable sampling, DCNv2 receives a good training signal. We use a feature mimic loss on Deformable Faster per-RoI R-CNN’s features to make them look like R-CNN features derived from cropped images. This auxiliary training goal is to motivate Deformable Faster R-CNN to learn more “oriented” feature representations, such as R-CNN. A focused feature representation may not be suitable for negative ROIs on the image backdrop, depending on the visualized spatial support regions. In order to avoid false-positive detections in background areas, more context information could be needed. As a result, the function mimic loss is only applied to positive ROIs that overlap enough with ground-truth properties. The proposed improvements keep the deformable modules light and allow them to be quickly integrated into existing network architectures. DCNv2 is used in the Faster R-CNN and Mask R-CNN applications, as well as a number of backbone networks. Extensive testing demonstrates that DCNv2 outperforms DCNv1 in terms of target recognition and instance segmentation.

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