BEIJING, July 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, PASCAL VOC, the world’s authoritative public evaluation datasets for object detection, released its latest rankings. "AInnoDetection", the algorithm developed by AInnovation surpassed the performance of many well-known AI enterprises and university laboratories in comp4, including Google, Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, Tsinghua University, Alibaba, Sogou and Tencent. Across the twenty evaluation criteria, AInnovDetection ranked first in ten criteria, reflecting the sophistication of AInnovation’s AI algorithm.
About PASCAL VOC Datasets
Object detection is one of three basic tasks in computer vision, and it’s also a challenging problem in the field of computer vision. Pascal VOC Challenge is one of the three most important computer vision challenges in the world. The datasets have high quality annotations, complex scenarios and diverse targets; and therefore, it is a prime choice for fast testing algorithms. Pascal VOC does not have big datasets, but it has rich scenes, therefore it tests for the design and innovation ability of AI.
Pascal VOC is the main venue for AI companies to compete, and competition is fierce. It attracts nearly 100 professional teams from across the world, including Google, Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, Tsinghua University, Alibaba, Ping An Technology, Sogou and Yi+.
Pascal VOC datasets have 20 classes, including humans, animals, vehicles and indoor objects. AInnovation’s computer vision team participated in the competion4 subtask. Across all twenty classes of the competition, AInnoDetection ranked first in ten classes, and ranked first overall by total score.
The AInnoDetection Algorithm
The AInnoDetection model proposed by the team is based on the classic two-stage detection pipeline, with data augmentation including pasting small objects and mix-up methods to enhance the performance when detecting small and obscured objects, respectively. Also, the data augmentation makes the network more robust.
The famous two-stage detection network was implemented, the backbone of ResNext152 for multi-level feature extraction, neck of 6-level FPN structure and head of 3x cascade RCNN, each of them had two subnets, one for classification with focal loss and another for bounding box regression with smooth L1 loss. Meanwhile, no matter training or inference, multi-scale images are taken, forcing the network to focus and learn how to recognize objects of different scales.
Finally, the algorithm adopted a multiple model fusion strategy with NMS and obtained the best results.
Commercial Value of the Object Detection Algorithm
Since its founding, AInnovation has strived to develop commercial products using high-quality AI algorithms for the retail, manufacturing, finance and other industries. It focuses on the advancement and maturity of AI algorithms, and provides various commercial AI products and solutions. As a result, the company has developed at a rapid and steady pace. At present, AInnovation has built an industry-leading machine learning platform and AI industry vision platform named ManuVision. Furthermore, it has produced several Top-level Conference Papers which improve the accuracy of the algorithms in the business scenarios, improve the speed of model training, and integrate computing resources efficiently.
AInnovation’s visual algorithm has been applied in the field of commodity identification, intelligent container, industrial vision and smart community. The commercial effect is at the leading level in the industry. The object detection algorithm adopted in PASCAL VOC competition has already been applied in scenarios such as product detection, industrial defect detection, and channel display monitoring. AInnovation has won other championships at several of the world’s top artificial intelligence algorithm competitions; for example, most recently, it placed first at the famous WIDER FACE.
About AInnovation and the Winner Team
The winning team of the PASCAL VOC competition was composed of Faen Zhang, Jiahong Wu, Zhizheng Yang, Haotian Cao, Jianfei Song and Xinyu Fan. The team leader Faen Zhang is currently the CTO of AInnovation, the Chief Architect of AI Engineering Institute of Sinovation Ventures, and Honorary Professor of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He had worked at Microsoft, Google and Baidu, and made great achievements in the field of AI industry and academia. He holds many international AI patents and has published several Top-level Conference Papers on AI. Other members of the team also have deep education background and practical experience with AI.
Established in March 2018, AInnovation is an AI subsidiary of Sinovation Ventures. With the mission of "AI Empowering Business", it is committed to providing AI-related products and business solutions for enterprises using the most advanced AI technology. Hocking Xu, CEO of AInnovation, has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, products, technology, services and management in the IT industry. He successively served as corporate executive to many of the world’s top 500 technology giants including IBM, Microsoft and SAP, and has a deep understanding of the developments of various commercial fields in China. The AInnovation two-wheel model combines "Technology & Product" and "Business Scenarios", and gives rise to extremely fast commercialization.
There are many excellent R&D teams at AInnovation. Combined with the commercialization of AI technology, AInnovation has developed a three-level pyramid system for scientific and technical talents, including its Research Committee, its Research Institute and its Engineering and Algorithm Development Team, respectively, from top to bottom.
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