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Object Detectors Emerge in Deep Scene CNNs

Research paper by Bolei Zhou, Aditya Khosla, Agata Lapedriza, Aude Oliva, Antonio Torralba

Indexed on: 15 Apr '15Published on: 15 Apr '15Published in: Computer Science - Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition



Abstract

With the success of new computational architectures for visual processing, such as convolutional neural networks (CNN) and access to image databases with millions of labeled examples (e.g., ImageNet, Places), the state of the art in computer vision is advancing rapidly. One important factor for continued progress is to understand the representations that are learned by the inner layers of these deep architectures. Here we show that object detectors emerge from training CNNs to perform scene classification. As scenes are composed of objects, the CNN for scene classification automatically discovers meaningful objects detectors, representative of the learned scene categories. With object detectors emerging as a result of learning to recognize scenes, our work demonstrates that the same network can perform both scene recognition and object localization in a single forward-pass, without ever having been explicitly taught the notion of objects.