SqueezedText: A Real-time Scene Text Recognition by Binary Convolutional Encoder-decoder Network

TitleSqueezedText: A Real-time Scene Text Recognition by Binary Convolutional Encoder-decoder Network
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLiu, Z, Li, YI, Ren, F, Yu, H, Goh, W
Conference NameThe AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
Date Published04/2018
Conference LocationNew Orleans, Louisana
Keywords (or New Research Field)psclab

A new approach for real-time scene text recognition is proposed in this paper. A novel binary convolutional encoderdecoder network (B-CEDNet) together with a bidirectional recurrent neural network (Bi-RNN). The B-CEDNet is engaged as a visual front-end to provide elaborated character detection, and a back-end Bi-RNN performs characterlevel sequential correction and classification based on learned contextual knowledge. The front-end B-CEDNet can process multiple regions containing characters using a one-off forward operation, and is trained under binary constraints with significant compression. Hence it leads to both remarkable inference run-time speedup as well as memory usage reduction. With the elaborated character detection, the back-end Bi-RNN merely processes a low dimension feature sequence with category and spatial information of extracted characters for sequence correction and classification. By training with over 1,000,000 synthetic scene text images, the B-CEDNet achieves a recall rate of 0.86, precision of 0.88 and F-score of 0.87 on ICDAR-03 and ICDAR-13. With the correction and classification by Bi-RNN, the proposed real-time scene text recognition achieves state-of-the-art accuracy while only consumes less than 1-ms inference run-time. The flow processing flow is realized on GPU with a small network size of 1.01 MB for B-CEDNet and 3.23 MB for Bi-RNN, which is much faster and smaller than the existing solutions.

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