Sensors, Vol. 19, Pages 1147: Estimation of Pedestrian Pose Orientation Using Soft Target Training Based on Teacher–Student Framework

Research paper by DuYeong Heo, Jae Yeal Nam, Byoung Chul Ko

Indexed on: 21 Mar '19Published on: 06 Mar '19Published in: Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)


Semi-supervised learning is known to achieve better generalisation than a model learned solely from labelled data. Therefore, we propose a new method for estimating a pedestrian pose orientation using a soft-target method, which is a type of semi-supervised learning method. Because a convolutional neural network (CNN) based pose orientation estimation requires large numbers of parameters and operations, we apply the teacher–student algorithm to generate a compressed student model with high accuracy and compactness resembling that of the teacher model by combining a deep network with a random forest. After the teacher model is generated using hard target data, the softened outputs (soft-target data) of the teacher model are used for training the student model. Moreover, the orientation of the pedestrian has specific shape patterns, and a wavelet transform is applied to the input image as a pre-processing step owing to its good spatial frequency localisation property and the ability to preserve both the spatial information and gradient information of an image. For a benchmark dataset considering real driving situations based on a single camera, we used the TUD and KITTI datasets. We applied the proposed algorithm to various driving images in the datasets, and the results indicate that its classification performance with regard to the pose orientation is better than that of other state-of-the-art methods based on a CNN. In addition, the computational speed of the proposed student model is faster than that of other deep CNNs owing to the shorter model structure with a smaller number of parameters.